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For two brothers, stroke brings them together

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Dr. Neil Jhamb, L, and his older brother Nitin Jhamb. Dr. Neil Jhamb, L, and his older brother Nitin Jhamb.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Knowing the signs can save lives.

For two brothers, a stroke actually brought them together. Theirs is a story of siblings and survival.

At St. Thomas Midtown, Dr. Neil Jhamb is a neurologist. His older brother, Nitin Jhamb lives in Bowling Green, KY. Their bond has always been a tight one. That became even more apparent in December 2016.

Nitin Jhamb was helping out at his son's basketball practice in Bowling Green, when he felt a tingling sensation going up and down his left arm.

“It was something I've never experienced,” Nitin Jhamb said.

When that feeling would not go away, he had a parent call 911. Nitin Jhamb, 35, was having a stroke.

“I have little snippets of memory of the ambulance ride, of the ER, but I don't have a lot of memory,” he said.

His younger brother, Dr. Neil Jhamb recalls getting the call from his sister-in-law.

“I dropped everything, and got in the car and raced down the interstate to Bowling Green,” Dr. Neil Jhamb said.

While Nitin Jhamb was in the emergency room in Bowling Green, a second, more severe stroke occurred. Neil Jhamb stepped into action, coordinating with Nitin's neurologist by phone.

“It was hard to see him like that,” Neil Jhamb said. “When it's your family, you're not thinking straight.”

Every four minutes, a stroke kills someone in the U.S. These brothers want others to know the dangers so that more lives can be saved.

Neil Jhamb said it is crucial for people to know how to prevent and treat a stroke. Click here for more information on the signs and symptoms.

In addition, St. Thomas Health offers support groups for stroke survivors and their families. Click here for more information.

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