Monifa Thomas-Nguyen with her son, Marcus, in November 2020.
She temporarily moved back home with her parents in Atlanta as she recovered.
At the hospital, Jackson noticed Thomas-Nguyen struggled to answer simple questions.
From behind the thick metal door, Jackson could hear her childhood friend moaning.
But when I talk, I don't always sound that way because I have difficulty getting words out.
Her mom has since had two more strokes that left her cognitively impaired.