HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Stephen Schneider, 31, doesn't look old enough to be a stroke survivor, but he is. Last year he had Army Reserve training and decided to run alongside a soldier he was helping to test.
"I noticed I couldn't talk. My speech was real slurred," he said. "And then the next thing I knew I was on the bleachers. My ACU jacket was off. My boots were off."
His face was drooping on one side, and he couldn't move the left side of his body.
Schneider was soon on his way to the hospital.
Patients who have had a stroke are taken to the trauma room at Huntsville Hospital.
Dr. Amit Arora is a neurologist who specializes in strokes.
"Time is brain. The faster we can get treatment, the more brain we can salvage," he said.
That message is extremely important when trying to fight the after effects of a stroke.