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D.C. judge promotes stroke awareness through personal experience

Lee Satterfield, the chief judge at D.C. Superior Court, suffered a stroke two years ago. Now he is promoting stroke awareness. (Courtesy Lee Satterfield)

WASHINGTON – A local judge is speaking out about the day his staff defied his orders — and saved his brain.

Lee Satterfield, the chief judge at D.C. Superior Court, suffered a stroke on Nov. 28, 2011, just two weeks before his 53rd birthday.

At first, he thought he was experiencing a bad headache. But when his staff noticed slurred speech, a colleague called 911.

“I did not think I was having a stroke, it was the furthest thing from my mind,” Satterfield says. “I was telling my staff,


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