Tedy Bruschi reports he is ‘doing much better’ after stroke
Just four days after he suffered a stroke on Independence Day, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi shared online that his recovery is progressing well.
For most Americans, the Fourth of July came and went this year as a holiday marked by fireworks, cookouts, family and friends, and (hopefully) some warm summer weather. But for Tedy Bruschi and his immediate family, the national holiday proved to be something else entirely: a harrowing reminder of how fragile life can be, and why it’s important to recognize the signs of health problems before it’s too late.
Bruschi, a noted stroke survivor and public advocate for recognizing the warning signs associated with strokes, suffered what is known as a transient ischemic attack – or “TIA” – around 10:30 am on July 4. He claims that he noticed first the loss of use in his left arm, then realized he was slurring his speech and one part of his face was drooping. He and his wife immediately understood the physical ramifications of what these outward signs could portend, so they called 911 and rushed Bruschi to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in an ambulance.
Thankfully, a day after Bruschi was admitted to medical care, his family released a statement sharing that the former NFL player and current ESPN analyst was “recovering well” from the mini-stroke. Amidst an outpouring of support from coworkers and former teammates (as well as a statement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft), news broke on Monday from Bruschi himself via his Instagram account that he was “doing much better” already.
He also thanked everyone for their “kind thoughts and prayers.”
Bruschi played in the NFL for 13 years… all with New England. He was a leader and defensive mainstay in the center of the Patriots’ linebacking corps, and became famous worldwide for his rapid and emotional recovery from a stroke suffered in early 2005 when he was just 31 years old. Amazingly, Bruschi managed to return later that same year and was playing meaningful football again with his teammates by late October.