Patient stories about stroke
Treating complex cases of stroke
Every Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical center participates in a unique protocol called Stroke Express that enables physicians to rapidly diagnose strokes and administer medications quickly. Like many people his age, Robert Taunton, 27, enjoys an active lifestyle. When he is not working as a project manager for a Richmond general contractor, he enjoys dirt biking, jet skiing, and tinkering with cars at his El Sobrante home.
But Taunton is anything but typical. Four months ago he had a stroke.
He remembers being at work on June 7 and not being able to understand his colleague or speak himself. He had difficulty moving his right side.
Taunton was taken by ambulance to the Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center, where he was given the clot-busting drug tPA and then transferred to the Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center to have an undissolved clot removed from his brain. Read more.