Her last words were about love, but Hiroyo Klink left behind more than just a legacy of love. She also left behind the gift of life.
On Wednesday, one day after the death of Hiroyo Klink, her family talked about the personal tragedy that took place during her son's team triumph.
As the clock ticked down in the boy's state soccer championship game, the clock started ticking down for Hiroyo Klink to get help. She suffered a stroke. Bleeding in the brain can kill quickly if not treated immediately.
"Once the cells in the brain die, they die. They do not regenerate, unlike muscles that can repair themselves," said Kaiser neurologist Dr. Sharin Sakurai Burton.
On Saturday night, Paul Klink recognized the warning signs of stroke and called for help right away. He said that quick action ultimately made a difference.
"On Saturday night, it looked like there might be hope. By Sunday hope was dwindling and yesterday morning she failed her second neurological test, but the doctors said getting her to the hospital real quick gave us those 2-to-3 extra days to be with her," said Klink.
Even though the Klink family was reeling from Hiroyo's death, Paul wanted others to be aware of the warning signs of a stroke.
"If there is a sudden onset of severe headache, face drooping, arm weakness or trouble getting words out, or even understanding words -- that's what we look for that a stroke is occurring," said Dr. Burton.
Paul also hoped Hiroyo's death will remind others that life is precious, and to take the time to let others know how much you care about them.
"The last thing Leo heard from his mom was 'I love you' when she dropped him off, and here at the hospital her last words to me were the same," said Klink.