Her mom had a stroke eight years earlier and her grandmother died of an aneurysm.
When Thomas-Nguyen didn't arrive at work that July 2011 morning, her colleagues tried to contact her.
Monifa Thomas-Nguyen with her son, Marcus, in November 2020.
She was closely monitored the next several days as her right side continued to lack sensation and she struggled with speech.
They found her on the floor, awake but acting strange.
Her mom has since had two more strokes that left her cognitively impaired.