If this woman had suffered a real stroke, the husband could have driven her straight to a skilled nursing home and bypassed Dr. Fesmire and Erlanger altogether.
That's how much these "acute stroke therapies" are usually worth.
Paramedics can rule out or treat many conditions that appear to be stroke. We can support life and prevent further disability with aggressive airway management. We can choose an appropriate hospital based on the patient's symptoms.
And we can provide a safe, controlled transport to the hospital, protecting the patient AND the public.
But let's not try to fool the public into thinking speed solves stroke...Dr. Fesmire knows better.