Mark McNeary had just wrapped up chores on his horse ranch when he felt a piercing pain above his right eye. Something odd was happening to his throat, too. He didn't wait to see what would happen next. "You better get me to the hospital," he told his wife, Julie. Doctors in Kingman contacted Mayo Clinic Arizona for a live telemedicine conference with a neurologist. Mark was having a stroke, and the McNearys' immediate attention to his symptoms was about to pay off…Physician Joyce Lee-Iannotti, a Mayo neurology fellow, reviewed the cases of 209 patients with stroke symptoms who were taken to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix by emergency medical services.
Arizona Republic by Connie Midey, 02/24/2012