Mich. woman saved by new technology at UTMC - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Mich. woman saved by new technology at UTMC

Posted: Updated:

An amazing story of survival that involves a woman from Michigan and new technology at the University of Toledo Medical Center. What started with a trip to the Toledo Zoo, ended with a lifesaving trip to UTMC for Maria Scislo. Her husband Tadeusz feels that a higher power put them in Toledo that day, "We felt that we were pulled to the Toledo Zoo by some higher force so that this could happen so close to a hospital."

The Scislos live near Detroit and they are both neuro scientists at Wayne State University. Before coming to America he was a neurologist in their native Poland, "I think he was more affected than me, so nervous, so afraid."

As they watched the gorillas at the zoo, Maria had severe stroke symptoms. She was rushed to UTMC where doctors used technology called a biplane to reverse the stroke. In simple terms the machine allows doctors to look at blood vessels in the brain in great detail, "As we access the artery in the groin we can track catheters to the artery in the brain. We find the blockage and we use devices approved by the FDA to re-open blood vessels."

Dr. Zaidi is an Interventional Neurologist. He is one of the few using this technology around the country, "It is not available in most hospitals across the country. In fact it is probably being used in fewer than one percent right now. These are sophisticated, high risk procedures but for a patient with persistent blockage it is the only hope they really have."

Other than what Maria calls minor symptoms, she is getting around just fine. The scislos say it's all thanks to the technology and the staff here at UTMC, "I would like to say a special thank you to the doctors. I know what they saved me from, I could be in a wheelchair. I am so grateful I can't express it."

Friday is Maria's 64th birthday and next week she and her husband will travel back to Poland for the holidays. She had her stroke symptoms the end of September and they began using the biplane technology at UTMC in July.

Getting help quickly is the key when it comes to strokes. Symptoms can include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, sudden confusion, trouble speaking dizziness and loss of balance.

  • LocalMore>>

  • 2 students arrested for threats at Tecumseh HS

    2 students arrested for threats at Tecumseh HS

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:05:23 GMT
    Sex Offender Round-UpSex Offender Round-Up
    Two students have been arrested in connection to threats made against Tecumseh High School. Police say investigators have also searched their homes for evidence. The investigation is still ongoing, however police say they have determined the students were never going to carry out the threat. The Lenawee County prosecutor's office tells us at least one of the suspects is 16 years old.
    Two students have been arrested in connection to threats made against Tecumseh High School. Police say investigators have also searched their homes for evidence. The investigation is still ongoing, however police say they have determined the students were never going to carry out the threat. The Lenawee County prosecutor's office tells us at least one of the suspects is 16 years old.
  • Wild ride ends in North Toledo with wreck, police wagon hit

    Wild ride ends in North Toledo with wreck, police wagon hit

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:03:53 GMT
    A wild ride in Toledo's north end Tuesday night as one police vehicle is damaged, one a car runs off the road into a yard and finally an arrest.That driver ended up in handcuffs now after losing control on Manhattan near Lagrange minutes earlier, fishtailing, jumping the curbing. 
    A wild ride in Toledo's north end Tuesday night as one police vehicle is damaged, one a car runs off the road into a yard and finally an arrest.That driver ended up in handcuffs now after losing control on Manhattan near Lagrange minutes earlier, fishtailing, jumping the curbing. 
  • Support at Perrysburg meeting for public restrooms, but not roundabout

    Support at Perrysburg meeting for public restrooms, but not roundabout

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:06:22 GMT
    Once again, dozens of Perrysburg-ians packed council chambers voicing opposition to the mayor's proposed $2.3 million downtown renovation plan.
    Once again, dozens of Perrysburg-ians packed council chambers voicing opposition to the mayor's proposed $2.3 million downtown renovation plan.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Wild ride ends in North Toledo with wreck, police wagon hit

    Wild ride ends in North Toledo with wreck, police wagon hit

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:03:53 GMT
    A wild ride in Toledo's north end Tuesday night as one police vehicle is damaged, one a car runs off the road into a yard and finally an arrest.That driver ended up in handcuffs now after losing control on Manhattan near Lagrange minutes earlier, fishtailing, jumping the curbing. 
    A wild ride in Toledo's north end Tuesday night as one police vehicle is damaged, one a car runs off the road into a yard and finally an arrest.That driver ended up in handcuffs now after losing control on Manhattan near Lagrange minutes earlier, fishtailing, jumping the curbing. 
  • 2 students arrested for threats at Tecumseh HS

    2 students arrested for threats at Tecumseh HS

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:05:23 GMT
    Sex Offender Round-UpSex Offender Round-Up
    Two students have been arrested in connection to threats made against Tecumseh High School. Police say investigators have also searched their homes for evidence. The investigation is still ongoing, however police say they have determined the students were never going to carry out the threat. The Lenawee County prosecutor's office tells us at least one of the suspects is 16 years old.
    Two students have been arrested in connection to threats made against Tecumseh High School. Police say investigators have also searched their homes for evidence. The investigation is still ongoing, however police say they have determined the students were never going to carry out the threat. The Lenawee County prosecutor's office tells us at least one of the suspects is 16 years old.
  • Support at Perrysburg meeting for public restrooms, but not roundabout

    Support at Perrysburg meeting for public restrooms, but not roundabout

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:06:22 GMT
    Once again, dozens of Perrysburg-ians packed council chambers voicing opposition to the mayor's proposed $2.3 million downtown renovation plan.
    Once again, dozens of Perrysburg-ians packed council chambers voicing opposition to the mayor's proposed $2.3 million downtown renovation plan.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!