LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Ann Tillery could see from her own image on the Zoom screen that something was wrong when the left side of her face started to sag. His speech was blurred and his left arm was heavy.

All the signs of a stroke were there, and the video conferencing platform technology helped the Lincoln, Nebraska woman realize it quickly enough to get life-saving help.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Tillery was on camera during a Zoom call with state lawmakers on May 18 to defend the Alzheimer’s Association when, “in a split second my world changed,” a- she declared.

The problem was that no one else on the call realized what was going on. Tillery was alone in a conference room at the University of Nebraska Foundation. She grabbed her phone and tried to stand up but fell to the ground.

Eventually, she was able to call 911.

“I knew I had a very limited time to act if I had the best chance of recovering,” Tillery said. “Fortunately, I had my cell phone. “

She got to the hospital in about 25 minutes. Quinn Willet, hospitalist at Bryan Health, said the faster a stroke victim gets to the hospital, the better their recovery will be.

Tillery’s stroke was caused by a ruptured blood vessel in her brain, causing spontaneous bleeding. Initially, she had virtually no control over the left side of her body.

After several days in intensive care, Tillery spent 11 days in hospital care working with occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech language pathologists. His rehabilitation continues.

One of his first recovery goals was to recover early enough to attend the annual Cattlemen’s Ball in Columbus. Last weekend, she attended the event.

“She had so much motivation to come home and go to the Cattlemen’s Ball,” said her speech therapist, Alyssa Cook.

Tillery hopes her story raises awareness of common stroke symptoms, summed up by the acronym FAST: sagging face, sagging arms or uneven arm strength, slurred speech and timing (see a doctor as soon as possible ).

She also hopes that people will take care of others in the digital space, just as they would in a face-to-face setting.

“Let’s keep an eye on each other,” she said.