Stroke victim shares important message that early reaction time is key

Heart Disease

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Liz Johnson’s life changed forever two years ago when she was running errands and suffered a stroke.

Although she didn’t recognize her symptoms immediately, Johnson’s friend, Paula Smith, knew after giving her a ride home, a stroke is exactly what Johnson suffered from.

Johnson eventually got to the hospital but in hindsight she wants others to know how important it is to act fast.

8 On Your Side’s Stacie Schaible sat down with Liz Johnson and heard more about the scary situation she experienced.

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