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ARCHDALE, N.C. -- Gerald DeHart is happy to be back home with his wife Charlotte and son Jerry.

"I feel better today than I have in over a week," DeHart said.

He almost feels back to normal after nearly a week in the hospital.

"For a day and a half, I was out of it,” he said. “I didn't even know where I was at."

Last week Wednesday, Charlotte noticed something wrong her husband.

"He didn't look right,” Charlotte said. “I said ‘Gerald, you OK?’"

DeHart's family says he was slurring his words, couldn't walk straight and was incoherent.

"He just kept getting worse and worse," said Jerry DeHart, Gerald’s son.

That same morning Charlotte was watching the House Call segment on FOX8 where she learned the symptoms of stroke.

Charlotte called her doctor right away who sent them to the hospital.

"I thank the Lord that that show was on," she said.

DeHart wasn't having a stroke but had pneumonia.

Dr. Tony Deveshwar, an interventional neuroradiologist with Cone Health, says pneumonia can cause stroke-like symptoms and that the family did the right thing by getting help right away.

"Don't think about it,” Deveshwar said. “Don't wait. Call 911. Let us decide if it's a stroke or not."

It’s a phone call DeHart's family says could have been the difference been life and death.

"I was thinking what would I do if anything happened to him because we been married for 32 years," Charlotte said. "His guardian angel was looking after him then."