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Nice Stent If You Can Get It

• Stroke-clearing clot retrievers can be tough to find

• “I was 95 percent back the next day. It was miraculous”

Lee Bekemeyer collapsed on the driving range at Stoneybrook West Golf Club one morning in 2015, a massive stroke choking off the flow of blood to his brain. The 86-year-old real estate broker couldn’t get up, move his right side, or speak. One in eight patients with such acute strokes dies within months, and two in three suffer lasting complications such as paralysis, slurred speech, and trouble walking or caring for themselves. Bekemeyer wasn’t one of them.

He was rushed 15 miles to

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