Published : Friday, 21 Jan 2011, 1:11 PM EST
(WTNH) - Stroke survivor Garrett Mendez had no risk factors, no warning signs, but on November 26, 2005, his life changed in the blink of an eye.
Four years ago, Mendez struck his head during a rough play during a hockey game, but was able to get up and skate off the ice. He was checked for a concussion and was able to finish the game. But the day after Thanksgiving, Garrett started to feel weak in the legs, began vomiting and the right side of his face became numb. The next morning he was rushed to the hospital unconscious and diagnosed with a stroke.
Garrett spent two weeks unable to move, unable to communicate and on a respirator. He was transferred to Gaylord Hospital where he spent two months and made great strides.