Cayman’s first patient to be diagnosed through the use of a telemedical remote presence robot, Dr. Krishna Mani, said he has recovered from a stroke with little to no after-effects.
“I’m fine,” Dr. Mani, an opthalmologist, said recently. “I had a bit of slurred speech when I first got admitted [in April]. After that I went to Baptist Hospital for a checkup and they cleared me to do surgeries and now I’m back to normal and back to work.”
He returned to work about two weeks after suffering the stroke.
The robot, nicknamed “RP Sally,” was donated to the Health Services Authority by the Seafarers Association last year. It is a product of telemedical company InTouch Health and is one of only two telemedical robots in the Caribbean.
Through the use of the robot, Dr. Mani was assessed by an overseas specialist within minutes of suffering the stroke. Getting treatment within three hours of having a stroke can be life saving.
According to the American Stroke Association’s website, “If you’re having a stroke, it’s critical that you get medical attention right away. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
Dr. Mani said he is happy that he was able to use the robot for diagnosis as it saved him time and money that would have otherwise been spent on overseas medical treatment.
The device gives local doctors instant access to medical specialists in more than 800 overseas medical facilities.
According to a report by the U.K.’s Stroke Association, “More than half of all stroke survivors are left dependent on others for everyday activities.”