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Sgt. Jason Kent

Time waits for no one and neither does a stroke. On April 21, 2021, Sgt. Jason Kent, 41, from the Dinuba Police Department was working a graveyard shift when the unimaginable happened.

As part of law enforcement, and father of five children, Sgt. Kent had always kept himself active to keep up with his professional and personal life. A stroke was the last worry on his mind.

“If you would’ve asked me the top ten things that would’ve happened to me in law enforcement, I would’ve never thought a stroke. It was never on my radar,” said Sgt. Kent.

The day of his stroke, he knew something was terribly wrong. His vision got blurry. He felt dizzy. He couldn’t dial for help.

Fortunately, his fellow colleagues called an ambulance and Sgt. Kent was rushed to Kaweah Health’s Emergency Department, where the healthcare staff realized he was suffering a stroke. Despite coming in with signs of a possible paralysis, thanks to the quick action of the Stroke and Emergency Department teams, Sgt. Kent regained his full mobility within a few hours.

Today, he credits the interdisciplinary team at Kaweah Health for saving his life.

“I fully recognized that it was the healing power of Jesus, working through the people that helped save me.”

Know the ways you can SPOT A STROKE and act FAST:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 9-1-1.