Though Joey was transported to the hospital quickly, hours sped by and no treatment was initiated. Lauren arrived at the hospital at 10:15. She was horrified when she assessed Joey's condition and quickly set in motion the re-evaluation of treatment options. By now, 10 hours had passed since the stroke began. The accepted window to receive tPA, the renowned clot busting therapy , is 6 hours. Additionally, the Lockharts learned that the clot was lodged in the M2 segment of the Middle Cerebral Artery, a location not typically amenable to tPA or endovascular clot retrieval. In sum, the doctors offered no treatment options as neurons were dying and motor functions were ceasing.
Lauren wouldn't accept the doctors apathy. She researched the literature that existed on long-window, wake-up strokes with MCA, M2 locations. She discovered recent data from the DAWN Trial supporting endovascular therapy in patients up to 24 hours past initial stroke event. In fact, the reported outcome was a 73% reduction in disability when endovascular treatment was utilized. With a receptive stroke team now on-board, a cascade of events quickly unfolded. Neuro radiology was consulted and a scout MRI was attained to document the current damage. Everyone agreed that the benefits outweighed the risks of this dangerous procedure. With every minute being critical, the surgical team was paged and Joey was in surgery 30 minutes after Lauren's refusal to give up hope.
The results have been astounding so far. With every passing hour Joey has seen improvement and retoration in his condition. Now, the Lockharts have hope for a full recovery; instead of a life requiring life-long institutional assisted care resources.
Praise God for orchestrating such a magnificent plan to heal Joey!! Even the physicians have called Joey, a medical miracle!
In response to friends and family asking how they can help, the Joey Lockhart Care Fund has been established. These monies will help cover Joey's extensive medical bills; as well as, afford him the resources necessary to take time off from work in order to reach his full recovery goal.
Thank you for blessing the Lockharts and participating in Joey's recovery!!
NASCAR with Son Matthew!
Date Night with Daughter, Grace
Above: Family Time Celebrating Zach's Birthday!
Below: Track and Field Competitor!
Brothers: Joey, Lance and Shawn
Community Baseball with Son Zach!
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An Incredible Football Arm!
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