“I remember Mary asking me, ‘What’s wrong?’” said Grant, who is in her 80s. “I said, ‘There isn’t anything wrong.’”
That’s not how it sounded to her friend Mary Dudley, who was on the other end of the phone call. Dudley, a retired radiology nurse, heard slurred speech—then nothing. “I knew she was having a stroke and that something had to be done right away in order for her to survive,” said Dudley. She called another friend, Beth Collins, who lives closer to Grant.
“I hauled freight to Nita’s apartment,” said Collins. “Good thing the police weren’t out.” Collins found Grant slumped over in her chair, eyeglasses on the floor and the phone receiver dangling.
A rescue team took Grant to Danville Regional Hospital, a partner in the Duke Telestroke Network, where both friends joined her. “She was paralyzed on the left side and she was all drawn,” said Dudley.