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OHA’s Machado expected to make full recovery

    An emotional Colette Machado listens to Kanohowailuku Helm sing a special musical selection — Anahaki-Mo'omomi Moloka'i — during the State of OHA ceremony in St. Andrew's Cathedral.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chairwoman Colette Machado is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a stroke Friday night.

“Mahalo to everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” Machado said in an OHA news release this evening, adding, “I feel great.”

Machado expressed gratitude to her family and friends, who helped her and called 911 immediately, and for the prayers from her church family.

“It is crucial for a people having a stroke to get to the hospital immediately so they can get the right medication,” she said. “If you think a member of your ohana is suffering from a stroke, call 911 right away.”

Dr. Cherylee Chang, director of the Stroke Center and Neuroscience Institute at the Queen’s Medical Center, said Machado could be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday. Chang said immediate treatment can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke.

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