Trident Health System
January 26, 2023

Shavon Felder, Nate Robinson and Yolanda Robinson with caregivers

Trident Medical Center holds red carpet celebration for stroke survivor and coworker who helped save his life

Charleston, SC – It was a red carpet celebration and reunion at Trident Medical Center for 51-year-old stroke survivor Nate Robinson of Orangeburg, SC and his co-worker at Volvo, Shavon Felder, who is credited with saving his life.

On December 21 last year, while they were at work, Shavon noticed Nate’s speech was slurred when he was talking to her.

“When he first said my name it was slurred and I knew it wasn’t right. So, I asked him to repeat it,” explained Felder. “I said, ‘No, this isn’t right.’ I told him to look at me and I noticed his face was looking funny. Then, he told me he thought he was dragging a leg. I said, ‘Oh no, you’re having a stroke. We have to go to medical.’”

From Volvo, a call was quickly made to 9-1-1 and Nate was transported to Trident Medical Center for emergency stroke care. Recently, Healthgrades, a national healthcare ratings agency that reviews nearly 4,500 hospitals in the US, designated Trident Medical Center as among the Top 100 Hospitals in America™ for stroke care.

At his red carpet celebration and reunion with his caregivers, Nate said, “Once your speech, eating and walking have been disturbed you will know how difficult it is to start all over again. So, I say to anyone who is listening, don’t take those things for granted for in a moments notice they can be taken from you.”

Nate received speech, occupational and physical therapy at Trident Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, which is ranked by Medicare as among the Top 5% in the nation for inpatient rehabilitation care. His wife, Yolanda Robinson, said the therapists prepared her husband well for his continued recovery at home.

“He’s getting better,” said Yolanda. “Every time he does something that he couldn’t do in the beginning he gets so excited. He says, “Look at what I can do!. Look at my grip. Look how I’m walking. He’s getting back quickly.”

Trident Medical Center’s Director of Neuroscience and Stroke Services Elissa Oliveria, MSN, RN says a stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death and disability in South Carolina.

“We use the acronym BEFAST to help remind our community of the signs of a stroke. It stands for B – balance; E – eyes (check for vision loss); F –face (look for an uneven smile); A – Arm (check if one arm is weak); S – Speech (listen for slurred speech); T – Time (Call 9-1-1 right away). If you see anyone showing these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. It can save their life like it did for Mr. Robinson.”