Boise Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb recovering from mild stroke

newsroom@idahostatesman.comNovember 25, 2013 

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise) is recovering after treatment for a mild stroke.

She said via a press release Monday that she attributes her quick recovery to getting immediate treatment after a family member noticed that she was showing signs of a stroke.

While was speaking with her son, Phillip, and granddaughter last week via a smart-phone video call, her son noticed Buckner-Webb's face looked unusual and her speech was slurred.

Buckner-Webb said she is fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends and to have received excellent professional care. “I will be standing tall as the Legislative session begins,” said Buckner-Webb, who is the Senate Minority Caucus Chair.

Buckner-Webb also said she wants to encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the signs of a stroke using an American Stroke Association checklist called F.A.S.T:

F — Face-drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven?

A — Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S — Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T — Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you will know when the symptoms first appeared.

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