Stroke victims of all ages, who previously had to endure a tragic fate if they were not evaluated and treated within eight hours of suffering the brain trauma, have been given a new lease on life thanks to the innovative efforts of Sheba Medical Center’s Dr. David Orion, Director of the Acute Stroke & Neuro-Endovascular/ Neuro-Interventional Unit & Stroke Center.

Dr. Orion and his team have extended the evaluation and treatment protocol to 24 hours, making Sheba the first hospital in Israel to use this method, based on on-going research into brain injuries such as strokes. “By extending the evaluation and treatment protocol to 24 hours, we are not only saving lives but we are enabling people who were thought to be incapable of being rehabilitated to function in different ways, from speech to physical activities to return to a relatively normal life,” revealed Dr. Orion.

“The key is to quickly evaluate the CT scans of the brain and see how much damage was done by the stroke and see if they are eligible for an angiogram that could eliminate the clot, etc,” he added. “We have seen remarkable results of reversing the damage and returning people to normal daily functions, including a 93-year-old woman whose speech and ability to walk fully returned. For many years, no hospital would even look at an elderly person once they had a stroke. The family would be told to prepare for the worst. We now have the opportunity to change that, which we are doing.”