Stroke or Apoplexy
Strokes are common in the later years of life. Occasionally they will occur in younger people as well. Small strokes are very common. In a severe stroke the victim becomes unconscious and breathes very deeply. There may be Chine-strokes breathing, with short spells of deep respiration, followed by equally short periods when there is no breathing at all. This always means serious brain damage. One pupil may appear larger than the other and one side of the body may become limp. The mouth may be drawn to one side.
What to Do: Lay the patient on his back. Raise the head and shoulders slightly and keep him quietly lying down. Do not attempt to give anything by mouth during the early stage. If there is vomiting, turn his head to one side to prevent choking. Keep him warm, and have someone stay with him until the doctor comes.