HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former "Miss Arizona" who suffered a stroke at a young age spoke to Hattiesburg residents tonight about her ongoing recovery. Leean Hendrix was featured speaker at a conference titled, Stroke: It's Not Just an Old Person's Disease at Forrest General Hospital.
Hendrix suffered a massive stroke at the age of 26 after injuring her ankle while jogging. She says she still hasn't fully recovered.
"The reason that I had a stroke is that I had a condition called, Patent Foramen Ovale, or P.F.O., which is a small hole in your heart and I had been jogging and I twisted my ankle and they told me to stay off of it and 3 days later, I had a massive stroke, because a blood clot traveled from my ankle through the hole I didn't know I had, to the brain and it's actually very, very common for this to happen," Hendrix said.
On average, more than 1,500 Mississippians die from stroke each year.