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Device retrieves clot, helps retired bus mechanic beat stroke

Will Sansom

 |  Thursday Jun 3, 2010 | Share This Item

Christopher Koebbe, M.D., (left) clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, explains to Lino Ozuna how the Merci Retrieval System® works. Dr. Koebbe is the only physician in San Antonio who uses this technique to treat strokes.Patricia Ozuna can tell you all about the night her husband, Lino, suffered a stroke. The couple lay in bed at 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2009, when Patricia felt his body lean into hers. “I said, ‘Lino, you’re squashing me.’ It didn’t take me more than a minute to realize something was wrong. He was looking at me and talking, but I couldn’t understand him.”

Lino Ozuna, a retired San Antonio bus mechanic, doesn’t smoke and eats right. He is usually happy and friendly. Mrs. Ozuna quickly called her son, Richard, a San Antonio paramedic trainer. “I said, ‘He’s very heavy, like dead weight, and he is babbling at me.’

“Richard said, ‘Mom, go to the door. Someone will be there in a minute.’”

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