On the night of April 2nd, 2014 at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, the life of Karl Cochran, as well as many people in his life, was rocked. Approximately 10 to 12 hours after that show, Karl suffered a massive stroke. That is something that most people would think only happens to the older and unhealthy among us, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and approximately 800,000 people per year have a stroke. On average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes. It hits every age, gender, race, and socioeconomic background. Infants, healthy young adults, and the older folks, can all suffer a stroke. While not everyone will have one, nobody is immune from it.
The immediate treatment of, and long term recovery from, a stroke is a very expensive and time consuming endeavor. This can cost more money than some people will make in their life time. The cost of emergency room care, surgeries, acute rehab, sub-acute rehab, speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, plus long term support at home, can be extremely expensive, even for those with adequate health insurance.
As members of the musical community, we know that every sound is important, and how to fine tune and react. However, on that night, Karl’s repeated expressions of what he was experiencing, such as sudden severe headache, loss of vision in one eye, and his reports of his one arm feeling very heavy, were sounds we weren’t used to hearing. We just didn’t know.
It is our heartfelt mission to share our experiences of what occurred, not only of that night, but also of what we encountered on the long road to recovery. We strive to be a resource on many levels to members of the music community who suffered any type of hardship.
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