NPR: A Lazarus Patient And The Limits Of A Lifesaving Stroke Procedure
Stroke patients who undergo neuro intervention to remove blood clots in their brain sometimes experience "miraculous," and almost instant results. Doctors thread a catheter that holds a tiny net from the groin to the brain and "capture" the clot. The instant result some patients experience is referred to as a "Lazarus" effect. Reporter Irina Zhorov with NPR affiliate WHYY in Philadelphia spoke to Saint Luke's stroke patient, Kurt Hinrichs, and his wife, Alice for her recent story about neuro intervention and its use across the country. Irina's story ran on NPR's Morning Edition.