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Healthwatch: Columbus woman's stroke brought on by pregnancy and delivery

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A Columbus woman is grateful she got treatment for her stroke as quickly as she did.

Doctors say Ki Ki Hunter's stroke in February was brought on by the birth of her son.

He was born three months early, and spent more than 70 days in the Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care unit.

Hunter was at the hospital to visit her baby, when she had a stroke. Her history of blood clots put her at risk for the stroke.

 "Pregnancy itself tends to present with a hypercoagulable stage, that's a medical word for such as that the blood is for some reason much thicker. Patients with a thickened blood state such as that have a higher incidence and risk of having clots in their legs such as DVT's or clots that go to their lungs. That higher risk is present for many a risk of stroke," says Medical Center Chief of Neurology, Dr. Nojan Valadi.

Emmanuel and his mom are doing well. May is Stroke Awareness month.

 Here's a reminder of some of the signs:

They  include confusion, weakness, paralysis or numbness in your arms and face, a bad headache, trouble seeing, and slurred speech.

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