On the day he submitted his retirement letter, Spirit Eagle went home to celebrate with his wife and map out the next chapter of their lives. The future looked bright and full of opportunity. But, that night, the entire left side of Spirit’s body gave out and he collapsed on a staircase—unable to raise his arm or leg. He was having a stroke.
Spirit’s wife called 9-1-1 and an ambulance rushed him to the MMC stroke team as fast as possible. The short-term solution: Provide a clot-busting TPA drug, which helped. But it wasn’t enough. So the team moved Spirit into emergency surgery and eliminated the clot entirely. When he woke up, his symptoms had lifted and the outlook was positive. Everyone kept a close eye on him to be safe and, within a couple of days, he was back at home.
Fast forward a few weeks. It was May, Stroke Awareness Month, and an officially-retired Spirit stood on the mound of a Sea Dogs game with a clean bill of health and a baseball in his hand. He stared at home plate with gratitude, wound back and threw the opening pitch.
Then, he went home and got back to planning that next chapter of life.