Looking at Kyle Schomberg, you’d never guess that in August 2010 the athlete faced the most terrifying opponent of his young life. At just 14 years old, Kyle had a stroke.
"It took our breath away. It's the last thing we thought would happen," his mom, Diana, remembers.
Kyle was working out in the weight room at school when he "started to feel funny." He tried to stand up, and collapsed. His entire left side was numb.
"Our nephew called us and said we needed to come right away. We thought it was just his asthma and he needed his inhaler. His dad, John, and I went to the school. We took one look at him and knew it wasn’t his asthma," Diana says.
Paramedics rushed Kyle to the Trauma & Emergency Center at Gundersen Health System where neurologist Jason Aldred, MD, quickly began assessing Kyle. A CT scan revealed something unbelievable—Kyle had a large clot in his brain. His medical team talked to his parents about their options. One was to give Kyle a clot-dissolving drug called tPA, which can minimize the severity of a stroke if it is given to patients soon enough.
"We knew that time is brain, and we didn't have time to lose. We told them to give Kyle the tPA," Diana says.
"At some point, you have to put it in God's hands and the doctors' hands and pray that they are making the best decisions for your child. With Gundersen's history and the excellent, excellent staff, John and I had our full trust in Kyle's medical team that day," she adds.
Within seven minutes, Kyle started to regain movement and feeling, and his face no longer drooped on the left side.
"We felt extreme relief," Diana recalls. "Kyle is an active teenager. He loves to play sports. To have that taken away would have been very difficult. Seeing his quick recovery was a miracle."
Today, Kyle is doing great and has no serious lasting effects from the stroke. "All I can think to say to the people who helped us that day is 'thank you,'" Diana says.
The experience made the Schombergs realize the importance of investing in the future of healthcare in our community.
"Did we expect Kyle to have a stroke? No. Why did he at 14? We don't know. There are some situations that are simply out of our control. It gives you confidence to know that when things like this happen, we have an excellent medical facility in Gundersen Lutheran that is going to do whatever they can to make it better," Diana comments.