101-year-old stroke survivor thanks paramedics


SUGARLOAF, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A 101-year-old woman who survived a stroke had a chance to thank the people who saved her life.

Frances Fescina from Luzerne County said their quick-thinking gave her the opportunity to meet the newest member of the family.

Her family didn’t waste any time calling for help and paramedics arrived quickly.

They said a machine at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton made a difference in her diagnosis.

TeleStroke provides instant access to a doctor at the health network’s Allentown location.

Just a few weeks after her stroke, Frances became a great-grandmother for the 18th time. 

The first responders enjoyed a rare opportunity to come back to the scene of the emergency for a heartfelt reunion.

Frances told Eyewitness News she already feels like she’s back to normal after that stroke, and she hopes to make a full recovery as soon as possible.

She also wanted to thank the rest of the doctors, nurses, therapists, and other emergency responders who came to her rescue.

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