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Ministry stroke program inspired by teen survivor


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MERRILL (WAOW) -- A Merrill teen inspires education on a life-threatening health danger. We first brought you Caitlyn Bernhard's story last week. Bernhard, 15, is recovering from a stroke she suffered in May. An event at Ministry Good Samaritan Hospital teaches the dangers of stroke and how to recognize the symptoms. Bernhard and the flight nurse who helped her also reunited for the first time.

"We got a chance to visit. She showed me her ipod. We talked about some of the things she's been doing, about getting back into band. We talked a little bit about things she doesn't remember from the flight," said Ministry Flight Nurse Rob Bohl.

Bernhard is doing well since doctors repaired the whole in her heart that allowed a clot to move to her brain. Her Mom found her the day it happened and because she knew the symptoms of stroke she was able to get help quickly. Those signs include sudden weakness, loss of vision, trouble walking and talking, or a sudden severe headache.




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