When Stroke Strikes Young

When Stroke Strikes Young

Healthy and active Barbie Diaz suffered a stroke at age 18 while driving on Gainesville’s Archer Road, causing her to hit a car. Diaz was immediately in the care of the UF Stroke Program team and physicians within UF’s neurosciences who diagnosed Diaz with a rare disease called Takayasu’s arteritis. She is healthy at age 20.

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Learn more about Takayasu Arteritis at: https://ufandshands.org/takayasu-arteritis

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  1. Gabriel Antunez Jr on September 3, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    How is she doing now?

  2. MarleenBroekmans on September 3, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    I’m 25, in November last year I also had a stroke caused by my heart condition. Went back to the neurologist today and he says my MRI shows white matter.. I will need heart surgery soon. Thank you for inspiring me.

  3. Jawad Azimi on September 3, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    This is sad

  4. fatill 13 on September 3, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    I can’t imagine how scared you were at 18 to have such a serious stroke and I’m glad your okay. I know at 29 I was scared when I had one, but I just can’t imagine. I wish you the best of luck and health.

  5. Trollgames321 K on September 3, 2021 at 9:23 pm

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  7. Attila Szabo on September 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Ki a faszt érdekel

  8. M0WFUE - on September 3, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    My mother just had a stroke, she is in the hospital at this moment.

  9. 300pzl on September 3, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    do you take birth control?

  10. Daphne Rondeau on September 3, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    This is so sad for some so beautiful and so long as you

  11. Whitney Allen on September 3, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    What an inspiring video. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us!

  12. David Barban on September 3, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I had two haemmorhagic strokes/CVA’s in 1969. I was 5 years old.I now am 54 years old, working, and independant.

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