10 February 2016

Albury man on the road to recovery after successful clot retrieval therapy

The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program has played a critical role in helping Roger Philips on the road to recovery.

Roger experienced a stroke on 13 January 2016 and was taken to the Emergency Department (ED) at Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) by ambulance. Previously well and living at home with this wife, Roger was unable to move the left side of his body and had difficulty in speaking. The acute onset of symptoms prompted Albury medical staff to get in contact with the VST service.

Roger Phillips and his wife, pictured with the telemedicine cart in action with Prof Chris Bladin on the screen.

Within minutes of the phone call, VST neurologist, Prof Chris Bladin was able to review Roger’s non contrast CT brain scan and CT angiography remotely and conduct an audio visual examination by dialling into the telemedicine cart located in the ED.

Upon advice from Prof Bladin, Roger was given stroke thrombolysis and flown to Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), where he subsequently underwent clot retrieval therapy. The access to these stroke perfusion therapies has enabled Roger to make a rapid recovery.

Just over 3 weeks later, Roger is walking independently and the movement in his arm and leg has returned. The 59 year old is looking forward to returning home to his wife.

Roger’s fantastic outcome could not have been achieved without the great team efforts of AWH, RMH, VST and Ambulance Victoria.

Special thanks to Dr. Bruce Campbell (Neurologist, RMH) and Dr. Peter Mitchell (Neurointerventionist, RMH), Peter Norbury (Ambulance Victoria), Prof Chris Bladin (treating VST neurologist) and Mick O’Shea (Albury VST site coordinator).

Roger’s story was recently featured on Prime 7 news (Albury) on 4 February 2016, and is available at the following link:
Local man’s modern miracle