Paul Lambe was driving through the Dublin Port Tunnel when he experienced a massive stroke.
He was rushed to hospital where he received a new treatment as part of a clinical trial in Ireland, namely clot-busting drugs followed by thrombectomy - physical clot removal from his brain.
As he described it himself,
‘I owe my life to the other Irish patients who participated on this trial. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them’.
Peter Kelly who was instrumental in verifying the thrombectomy procedure through a trial in Ireland received one of the first HRB Clinician Scientist Awards in 2006. He is now Director of the HRB Stroke Clinical Trial Network.