Orem firefighter comatose after suffering stroke
Orem paramedic and fire fighter Michael Stentzel collapsed during a workout on Nov. 2. Doctors determined that he had experienced an intracranial hemorrhagic stroke. Nearly two weeks later he remains in a coma. Courtesy photo
OREM -- Orem firefighter and paramedic Michael Stentzel was exercising on Nov. 2 when he unexpectedly collapsed. Stentzel's partner rushed him to the hospital, where doctors began performing two and a half hours of surgery. When they had finished, Stentzel was alive but comatose.
Orem Department of Public Safety Sgt. Craig Martinez said doctors ultimately determined that Stentzel had suffered an intracranial hemorrhagic stroke.
"Basically, he had an artery in his brain start to bleed," Martinez said.
Stentzel has no past medical history that foreshadowed the stroke, Martinez added. He also has a slender build and always did well on physical fitness tests. Martinez said there was "no rhyme or reason" behind the sudden ailment. But nearly two weeks later, Stentzel remains in a coma. His brother, Nick, said that Stentzel is making progress and is off his respirator, though his long-term prognosis is unknown. In the meantime, Stentzel's wife of two years, Kelsae, spends her days in the hospital exercising his arms and legs.
"She'll kind of keep moving his fingers or his hands in order to kind of keep up his mobility and dexterity," Nick said.
According to Nick, Kelsae is seven months pregnant with the couple's first child. Not surprisingly, she has struggled with her husband's condition, Nick added, but has appreciated the support she has received from other firefighters.
"I think it means a lot to her that the firefighters keep stopping by," Nick said. "I can't imagine going through this without them."
Nick also said that Stentzel has been working as a firefighter since he was 15 years old, when he began volunteering in the small town where he grew up. Stentzel later fought wildfires in California, and graduated from Utah Valley University's fire science program, Nick said.
"Most of his life he's been in some way involved in that profession," Nick said. "He's just a really good person and when it comes down to it, I suspect that's why he did it."
Firefighters have set up an account at Zions Bank to help with medical costs, which are expected to strain the family. Contributions can be made by mentioning Stentzel's name at the bank. A website also has been set up atoremfiremike.blogspot.com.
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11-15-2011, 05:33 PM #1
Orem firefighter comatose after suffering strokeFront line since 1983 and still going strong
11-24-2011, 05:41 PM #2
OFD shut down from raising funds
OREM -- A public complaint has shut down a Fill the Boot campaign by Orem fightfighters.
The firefighters were raising money for Mike Stentzel, the young firefighter who suffered a stroke last month; he's in a coma.
His fellow firefighters have been trying to help Stenzel and his young family.
"It was a catastrophic stroke, so it's going to be a lifetime of medical bills and recovery. So we are trying to do what we can to help Mike and his wife. They are also expecting a child in two months."
City leaders say the firefighters' Fill the Boot campaign was stopped because of a no pan-handling ordinance.
Donations for Stentzel and his family can still be made at OremFireMike.com or at any Zions Bank branch
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11-24-2011, 07:59 PM #3
Very sorry to hear of this young mans' unfortunate illness...hoping he is able to make a recovery.....
Shame on the City.....
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