My father, 72 years old, caucasian, non smoker, drinks one and a half glass of red wine only with meals (doctor recommended), high blood pressure untreated, overwight, was admitted in the ER, unconsious, due to a seizure and convulsions he suddenly suffered at work. He was taken a tomography that showed, according to the doctor, an important area affected shown in white or gray in his dominating hemisphere (he is right handed) and was diagnosed as a massive ischemic stroke. The doctor told me that I should expect him to die, or, if he survived, severe sequels such as loss of independency, speech, ability to swallow, voluntary movements of his limbs, and the worse imposibility to breathe on his own. He was transfered to a specialized clinic to the intensive care unit. The admiting doctor there, said more or less the same diagnose as the first doctor. I was allowed to see him after 4 hours of the first studies conducted there. He was in a coma.
The next day, I visit him, I´m told that he has awaken from the coma. He opens his eyes, he recognizes me, but cant speak, although he tries, due to the respirator tube. I can see he moves all his limbs, with some effort, but he moves them all... he lookes bothe ways of his bed where me and his best friend are standing talking to him, he recognizes us, understands our questions and implores to not make efforts to speak just assent or negate. that night, on visiting time allowed, he kind of asks for water, moving his lips. But doctors and nurses say no.
The day after, he looks better, the respirator tube is taken away fron him, asks again for water and we are allowed to give to him with a syringe. with effort he leans to one side as almost sitting, and takes away the glass of water in my hand and drinks it all and swallow just fine. He is more consiouss, recognizes everyone, although he is awake at times, and goes back to sleep, just to wake up again. At night that same day, he is able to reacomodate his position... he is sleeping on his side. When I get there he switches to horisontal position, and even asks me to take him home and gets upset when I tell him that he will go home when the doctor sais so.
Today he even looked better.
My question is... ¿was the first and second diagnose wrong? One doctor here said to me that probabbly the cerebral infarction was already existing and he didnt know it, and thats why he can move, didnt loose apparently his senses. And if this is the case ¿Can we be hopefull about his recovery?