Artist Back at the Drawing Board After a Stroke
Thud! That was the sound Shirley Gessner heard as she woke up startled at 3:30 a.m. Her husband Bob had fallen out of bed and couldn’t move or talk. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed he had a stroke, but were unable to determine its cause, so he was transferred to the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Mayo Clinic. While doctors removed the blood clot that was blocking Bob’s artery, his recovery remained uncertain. Bob’s hand remained paralyzed, affecting his ability to continue his passion of painting. With his wife’s encouragement, Bob continued exercising his hand to restore feeling and muscles – and he was able to start painting again within four months! To celebrate his recovery, Bob threw himself the 21st birthday party he never had. Read more about his story. Cheers, Bob!