Surviving a Stroke

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Communication is Jim Flink’s passion. He spent 1995-2010 as a television news anchor and reporter at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, and 2010-14 as vice president of news operations and general manager of Newsy before joining the University of Missouri School of Journalism as a strategic communication professor in 2014. However, in 2019, Flink found himself barely able to speak or move in his office.
“I came in, sat down, and the room started spinning,” Flink said. “It was a really strange feeling of vertigo. In that moment, I thought, ‘I don’t feel very good.’”
Flink was unsure what was happening and asked his fellow strategic communication professor Brad Best to take him to the MU Health Care emergency room. While en route, everything started appearing sideways to Flink.
After only a few minutes in the emergency room, Flink experienced a stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.

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