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UPMC Stroke Institute Patient Stories

Pat Mitchell: Stroke

A man in a striped shirt is standing in a dimly lit room. He has gray hair.

Pat Mitchell, a sixty-six-year-old grandfather who operates a wood shop, was enjoying a typical Sunday morning in Latrobe, Pennsylvania: relaxing in front of the TV and drinking coffee. But, as he went to pour a second cup of coffee, he suffered from a stroke.

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Dustin Higgins: Stroke

Dustin wears a charcoal gray suit and a white collared shirt. He has sunglasses. He is bald. He is standing outside in a field lined by trees.

In 2017, Dustin Higgins was living life full steam ahead as a busy software engineer. That all changed when he unexpectedly suffered a small stroke before work one morning.

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