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"In less than a minute, it went form feeling just a little bit funny to couldn't even stand up," says Hutchison.
"When he came in, his NIH stroke scale was 24," says Centennial Medical Center Dr. Adrian Jarquin-Valdivia. "Which is considered a large, debilitating stroke."
Dr. Valdivia started treating Hutchison with the standard TPA drug therapy, but he added something only being offered at Centennial: ultrasonic radio waves to help break up the clot.
"Made the clot vibrate and with that extra energy on the blood facilitates the dissolution of the blood clot," says Dr. Valdivia.
The result is Charlie is back playing his guitar and singing just hours after suffering a stroke that could have killed him. Because of the clot, his brain was literally dying. When you have a stroke the clock starts ticking. The longer it takes to re-establish blood flow, the worse the damage. Charlie was at the Centennial ER in 25 minutes and was being treated with medicine and the ultrasound in less than an hour. Dr. Valdivia says the combination of therapies increases the chances of getting patients like Charlie Hutchison back to normal - from about 20%-50% - which makes for a lot more happy endings. Centennial says the ultrasound therapy will soon be available to stroke victims at Skyline Medical Center, its sister hospital on the North side of town. Charlie Hutchison expects to be released from the hospital in the morning.
Wednesday, October 3 2012, 11:09 PM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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