Hass has been doing a lot of learning online these days. Strangely enough, it was during a video call in 2015 that he first knew something was wrong.
The person he was talking to noticed he was “speaking a bit funny.” Hass looked at himself on his screen and saw that his face was drooping on one side.
He hung up the phone, stood up and immediately fell back down. He realized that he needed to act fast. He slid down the wall and crawled towards the door. Hass grabbed for the door handle once, then twice, and finally opened it. He shouted out and his family called an ambulance.
Hass was diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke that affected the entire right side of his body. He was in hospital for six weeks followed by outpatient therapy for three months, and several years of practicing specific skills like walking.
Hass continues to seek out new learning opportunities online and ways to connect with other people. The experience has been so positive that he hopes “virtual programs are here to stay, even when we can meet in person again.”