Midstate leaders walk in stroke victims’ shoes

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert spent Wednesday’s lunch hour partially paralyzed to gain greater empathy with stroke victims. The staff at Central Georgia Rehab Hospital fitted dignitaries with partial blindfolds and limb braces to mimic the effects of stroke.

Participants tried to eat, dress, speak, drive, bowl and write with limited use of their limbs and eyes. More than 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year with only a two-thirds survival rate. Georgia and the Carolinas lead the nation in the highest number of strokes.

Anyone who experiences sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg should seek immediate medical attention. Other stroke symptoms include sudden headaches, confusion and lose of mobility in the legs or arms. May is National Stroke Awareness Month.