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Passing the Test

Gansevoort's Billee Petteys was walking off the dance floor at a friend's birthday party when she noticed something was wrong with her husband, Neil.

She hurried over to check on him and saw all the symptoms of a stroke. Quick reaction by a state trooper who was also at the party, brought in emergency help. Soon, Neil was being airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

Shortly after arriving at Albany Med, Neil was examined by Gary L. Bernardini, MD, PhD, director of stroke and neurocritical care and his team. Within 24 hours, Neil was in surgery.

That massive stroke and subsequent surgery happened in April 2013.  Just over a year later, Neil is now walking and spending time with Billee, doing things they both enjoy.

A recent visit to Albany Med for some functional testing left Dr. Bernardini impressed with the recovery progress.

"Neil's done quite well from the stroke that he had," Dr. Bernardini said. "He still continues to recover, which is a good sign."

I can't even begin to tell you that Albany Med is so near and dear to our hearts," a tearful Billee Petteys said. "I believe with all my heart that he wound;t be here today if it wasn't for Albany Med and their neuro department."

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