It was a dramatic and frightening scene that no one in the classroom would soon forget.
John Claxton collapsed right in front of all of his Davidson Academy students.
"Every day, and this is not an exaggeration, every day I wake up, I'm glad to be alive," said Claxton.
Claxton is counting his blessings.
One day, almost a year ago, his chances didn't seem good at all.
Claxton was teaching physics at Davidson Academy when he had a stroke. Chandler Luther was a junior in that class.
"I looked down to do some more of my work, and the next thing I know, I looked up and he was going into seizures," said Luther.
Claxton doesn't remember anything about the first few days. His first memory, his wife's voice.
"I was confused. I was unconscious for two days and didn't know what had happened to me," said Claxton. "Just to hear her voice, I knew I was alive."
The doctors at Skyline Medical Center inserted a catheter in his leg that went all the way up to his brain. They were able to dissolve the clot in his brain stem. He had some damage, but after a period of rehab at Skyline, he's just about 100 percent back to normal.
Tonight he thanked the staff at Skyline during a celebration of the 10th anniversary.
The Skyline rehabilitation center has treated more than 5,000 patients over the last 10 years.
Claxton's experience changed his perspective.
"I view death differently," said Claxton. "It's real. I feel like I've almost been there."
Instead, he's counting his blessings and wants others to know there's always hope.
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