ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Still recognizing the symptoms can be tricky.
Lee and Beverly Sires love to spend their days around their Eagle River home, walking with their dog, Molly.
Simple pleasures were almost a thing of the past for Lee. On the night of April 7, something terrible happened.
"I was watching TV downstairs and my wife came down to tell me goodnight," Lee Sires said. "She came down and I got up and walked over to her to say goodnight and my arm felt like it was going to sleep."
By the time Lee told Beverly what was wrong his entire left side had dropped.
"He was trying to say things and I couldn't quite understand what he was saying," Beverly Sires said.
Beverly asked Lee whether he was having a stroke. He understood that and said, "Yes."