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22nd May 2020

Revolutionary Stroke Treatment Saves Marilyn


After seeing her loving father suffer a debilitating stroke 50 years ago, Marilyn Jackson thought she would share the same fate when she suffered a stroke earlier this year. However, thanks to medical advancements, Marilyn’s stroke did not leave her with any debilitating side effects!

It was early one morning when Marilyn felt strange but didn’t think much of it. She was home alone when she suffered her stroke as her loving husband Noel was sadly in hospital receiving treatment for Stage 4 lung cancer.

“I usually begin my mornings with mind stimulation games on my iPad and this particular morning I was feeling a bit strange and was struggling to complete the activities. By the time my daughter Tina phoned later in the morning I realised I couldn’t speak properly,” Marilyn explained.

“I was rushed to hospital and doctors found I had a clot in my brain that would have resulted in severe disabilities or death.

“Fortunately for me, Associate Professor Tim Kleinig was on hand when I got to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and I agreed to participate in his clinical trial. The trial drug thrombolysis was administered which successfully dissolved the clot.”

It is thanks to medical advancements that Marilyn didn’t have any debilitating effects from her stroke. Her outcome was extremely different from her fathers, who suffered his stroke at the age of 62 in 1968.

“My father spent four months in hospital and had to learn to speak, walk and write again. I was in hospital for three days and was only told I couldn’t drive for a month. I was able to resume my life as normal after such a short amount of time,” Marilyn said.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be given such a lifesaving treatment and privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in the clinical trial. I thank him and the team at the Stroke Unit of the RAH who saved my life.”

Marilyn now supports lifesaving research through The Hospital Research Foundation Group that will help A/Prof Kleinig continue making advancements and saving lives of those who suffer a stroke.