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Medical Care in Cozumel:  Stroke Survivor Walks For Awareness

“Erin’s Walk in the Park” celebrates a new chance at life ….

Erin Jelke was visiting Cozumel, where her parents own a condo, when she suffered a life threatening stroke.  The 23-year old was able to signal to her mother that her entire left side was paralyzed, and she was rushed to CostaMed Hospital.  Full-time on-site specialists were able to quickly establish her diagnosis with onsight a state-of-the art technology that enable the doctors to quickly intervene and treat her with thrombolytic therapy, which completely reversed the paralysis.  She went on to make a complete and total recovery.


The importance of fast path action to treat a stroke, is having readily available a multi-disciplinary team of physicians available. This is key to prevent permanent stroke deficits. Emergency room doctor is the first step. Rapid CT and MRI scan imaging availability is a must, in order to determine if the stroke is ischemic vs. hemorrhage. Why? It is very, very important as you cannot use thrombolytic therapy (clot busting medication) for a hemorrhagic stroke, only ischemic. It is ideal to treat an ischemic stroke within 6 hours from the onset of the first symptoms, with maximum results if you can give the treatment in the window of 1 to 3 hours, maximum to hour 6, in order to prevent permanent paralytic damage. Lucky for Erin her mom wasted no time and she was able to be treated before hour 3. Multiple disciplinary stroke team includes ER specialist, Neurology and Cardiology.


The second annual “Erin’s Walk in the Park 5K”, which raises funds for the National Stroke Association, will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in Cascade Park, in Cascade Michigan.  The inaugural event took place in September 2017 and

The Jelke family

the family was able to raise nearly $2,600 for the National Stroke Association.


Cuidados médicos en Cozumel: Sobreviviente de una apoplejía realiza una caminata con el objeto de sensibilizar a otros

El Paseo de Erin por el Parque” celebra una nueva oportunidad de vivir. . .

Erin Jelke se encontraba de visita en Cozumel donde sus padres tienen un condominio, cuando sufrió una peligrosa apoplejía. A la chica de 23 años de edad le fue posible indicar a su madre que el costado izquierdo de su cuerpo estaba paralizado, y de inmediato fue transportada al Hospital CostaMed. Los especialistas de tiempo completo lograron diagnosticarla de inmediato gracias a la tecnología de punta con la que cuentan y que permitió a los doctores intervenir de inmediato brindando terapia trombolítica que revertió la parálisis en su totalidad. Ella logró recuperarse completamente.

La importancia de actuar con rapidez para el manejo de una apoplejía, es contar con un equipo multidisciplinario de médicos. Esta es la clave para prevenir deficiencias permanentes a causa de una apoplejía. El primer paso es el médico en urgencias. Es muy necesario tener a la mano los servicios de tomografía computarizada e imágenes por resonancia magnética para con ello poder determinar si la apoplejía es isquémica o hemorrágica. ¿Cuál es la razón de ello? Es sumamente importante ya que no debe utilizarse terapia trombolítica (medicamento anticoagulante) para una apoplejía hemorrágica. Lo ideal es manejar una apoplejía isquémica dentro de las 6 horas siguientes a los primeros síntomas, teniendo los máximos resultados cuando se aplica el tratamiento dentro del lapso de 1 a 3 horas, como máximo las 6 horas, con ello previniendo el daño de parálisis permanente. Afortunadamente para Erin, su madre no perdió tiempo y fue posible brindarle tratamiento antes de las 3 horas. El equipo multidisciplinario para el manejo de apoplejías incluye al especialista en sala de urgencias, neurología y cardiología.


El segundo “Paseo de 5K de Erin por el Parque” que recauda fondos para la National Stroke Association  (Asociación Nacional de Apoplejía de los Estados Unidos) se llevará a cabo a las 10 a.m. el domingo 23 de septiembre en el parque Cascade en Cascade Michigan. El evento inaugural fue en Septiembre 2017 y la familia logró recaudar una cantidad cercana a los $2,600 para la National Stroke Association .

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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