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In the middle of last December I was sitting around killing time in the various ways that I usually do, when an email from my girlfriend Kate popped into my inbox. She was in Vietnam on a holiday and was due to return in a couple of days. The email read:

babe, my travel plans may change a little. today i had a fit and passed out, which was extremely alarming. the hotel got me a great doctor, french-trained with superb english. he says i have a respitory tract infection which, combined with weakened immune from travel, has impaired blood flow to my brain. i’m allowed to travel provided i have no further incidents tonight. i have a bastard of a headache, have bitten the inside of my mouth to shreds, and have an aching back from acupuncture, but feeling generally much better.

I read this and freaked – Kate’s optimistic assessment at the end notwithstanding. She was all the way over in Vietnam and there was nothing I could do to help. It would turn out that during this whole event, even once she got back, there would be very little I could do except puzzle and nap. But more of this later.

I learnt later that Kate had had a full seizure – the collapse on the ground and shake with loss of consciousness kind. She’d had a splitting headache for several days. And just before the seizure began to hallucinate in her peripheral vision (people who have tried acid will know what this feels like). She also began to believe that she could speak fluent Vietnamese and actually spoke some things that sounded not unlike what a fluent Vietnamese speaker sounds like – though of course it was complete gibberish. She had enough of her mind left to ask her sister to make sure she was okay before the fit happened. She was unconscious for more than a day afterward.

The Vietnamese staff at the hotel were very helpful – and they helped carry Kate back to their room. Unfortunately most of them were quite small and they struggled a bit in the task. Poor Kate received many a bruise while unconscious. All Kate knows is that they jabbed a giant needle into her and performed acupuncture on her. The acupuncture consisted largely of grating off the skin on her knuckles. We’re still not sure how this was supposed to help – but Kate appreciated the effort all the same. She can’t hold anything against the Vietnamese because their cuisine is so fine. I’m inclined to agree.

Once she regained consciousness, Kate received her diagnosis from the doctor and so decided to chance the plane ride home. I was extremely relieved to see her – as was her family. I asked her if she was going to see another doctor. She replied that she would see how the anti-viral medication worked. She still had a massive headache that wasn’t going away. Being the stubborn trooper she is, she went to work for the first three days of that week – though I implored her to take it easy.

Four days after she had returned, she had another seizure. I spoke to her on the phone later that afternoon and she said she was going to get a scan done the next day. Early next morning, Kate couldn’t sleep from the blinding headache. So she got up and did some work until it was time to go to the doctor.

I was in my apartment that day waiting for the news – looking up seizures and the like on Wikipedia, trying to find out what I could. Not surprisingly this did nothing to help my anxiety. Finally late that morning Kate called.

“Babe. It’s not good. I’m on my way to emergency. I’ve had an aneurysm. I could die.???

My response was something along the lines of:

“Shit… shit… fuck. I mean fuck. Okay. Shit.??? Etc…

Okay then – so what is an aneurysm. From Wikipedia:

An aneurysm (or aneurism) is localized, blood-filled dilation (bulge) of a blood vessel caused by disease or weakening of the vessel wall.[1] Aneurysms most commonly occur in arteries at the base of the brain (the circle of Willis) and in the aorta (the main artery coming out of the heart) – this is an aortic aneurysm. This bulge in a blood vessel can burst and lead to death at any time, much like a bulge in an over-inflated innertube.

Strictly speaking – when Kate said she’d had an aneurysm, she meant that her aneurysm, which she’d had all along, had burst. When it happens in the brain it can be pretty bad. The statistics break down like this: 1/3 of people with ruptured aneurysms die before they get to hospital. Of the rest that make it to hospital another 1/3 die after arriving. And of the rest of this number 40% suffer severe brain damage. A good website that goes into more detail is here:

http://www.brain-surgery.com/aneurysm.html

So after hitting the web for this information I was pretty worried about Kate to say the least. I met her and her family in the emergency ward of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She was sitting upright in one of the emergency beds, smiling and chatting amiably with her folks. It was one of the weird things about this experience – throughout the whole thing she remained that Kate that I know and love. Not really knowing what to say – I cracked a joke.

“An aneurysm! I was the one supposed to get the life threatening disease. Me!???

She laughed. We had a long running joke about me being a hypochondriac. I’m always looking up weird diseases and saying that I have them. Kate turned to her folks and said:

‘See – I told you Dan would be jealous of my aneurysm.’

That afternoon they performed an angiogram on Kate – to get a clear view of her brain. They call this a minimally invasive procedure – but it never sounded that way to me. They cut a small hole in her hip and into a major artery that runs from the thigh right up into her neck. Into this they inserted a tube, at the end of which was mounted a camera. They injected her with dye so the camera could do its job better. This tube was then pushed all the way up into her neck – from her hip!

I went to see her that night after the procedure and she was again in good spirits. She couldn’t sit up to prevent the hole in her hip from bursting open – but otherwise looked well. She’d begun her life as a pin cushion – and all manner of tubes were plugged into her. But overall she looked okay.

The proper diagnosis came through the next day. The aneurysm was confirmed. She was extremely lucky to be alive. Even more lucky not to have suffered significant brain damage. She just happened to have her anneurysm in the part of brain that didn’t do that much – and it had clotted quickly enough to prevent widespread damage. She was a miracle case. She wasn’t out of danger though. It could rupture again. And if it did – she would almost certainly not survive again. They had to operate to remove the blood vessal that was causing all the problems. Brain Surgery.

The operation was scheduled for the end of January – just over a month away. In the meantime she had to make sure she took it easy. She had to avoid all situations that would make her stressed – in case it put pressure on the aneurysm and cause it to rupture again. She was put on an anti seizure medication called dilantin. It’s such strong stuff that Kate would not be allowed to smoke or drink while on it. And she will have to take that stuff for more than a year in total. Of all the things Kate has been through – the seizure, the headaches, the brain surgery, having her knuckles scraped off – the loss of alchohol has been the one thing – the only thing – that she has ever complained about. In this I’m sure we all feel for her very deeply.

The month of January was spent napping and playing puzzles. This was my time to shine. I’d been pretty useless up until that point, but I proved a good puzzling and napping companion. Kate needed to rest and nap a lot – so my shoulder was made use of as a convenient pillow.

The big issue prior to the surgery was what would be done with Kate’s hair post-op. Some, or all of it would have to be shaved for the surgery. Being not completely stupid – I stayed out of it, and let Kate and her mother discuss it at length.

Kate and I had many deep conversations about the preciousness of life, the metaphyscial implications of a soul dependent on a physical brain – and just our general hope for the future. The docs had said that Kate had survived the worst of it and now there was only a 5-10 percent chance that something would go wrong – so we were optimistic.

Finally the big day came and I was at the hospital with her family at the ungodly hour of 6:30 am. This is the hospital crowing hour for some reason – and that’s when Kate had to be there. They ran some more tests – more radiology. General prepping stuff – telling Kate what to expect. They put little spotty things on her head for the radiology machines to use. Mostly we just waited in the waiting room and cracked jokes. At one point one of us was going to get out a thick black texta and write: “Brain is Located Here!??? on the back of her head – just in case.

Eventually the waiting got too much so we went back to Kate’s house. She napped. Despite all our wise cracking – the craziness of the situation was starting to get to me. So I decided to let Kate nap in peace rather than transfer all my anxiety onto her. They returned to the hospital and the operation happened later that afternoon. I got the call from her father later that night. Kate was okay. The operation was a success.

Massive relief.

I visited her the next day and she was still in intensive care. She looked pretty knocked about. She had a big bandage on her head. Out of it came a tube which fed into a bag that was filled with a fairly unnattractive reddish liquid. It was a drain that served to prevent her head from swelling up.

‘Look at my bag of head goo,’ she said to me proudly.

‘It’s the best in the ward,’ I replied with a smile.

But despite this moment of humour, Kate was pretty exhausted and in quite a bit of discomfort. I didn’t stay long, so as to let her get back to resting.

Her recuperation proceeded apace from there. The next day she was transferred out of intensive care and into the fine neurology wards at the hospital. We had been making jokes about the competency of the medical profession. But really – we were all floored by the professionalism and skill of the staff at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Her bag of head goo was removed as were the bandages around her head. And now you get to see the money shot…

The cut that you see is held together by metal staples. The cut goes down into her jaw – and they had to cut into her jaw muscle. This was actually the most painful bit. Skulls don’t have a lot of nerve endings – but muscles do. During the operation, the skin was peeled back and a cut in skull was made – about the shape and size of a small egg. Once they’ve cut out what they want the replace the skull and use a kind of glue to keep it in place.

Within a week she was allowed to go home – and a few days after that the staples were taken out. Recovery had its difficult moments – but like all things with Kate, she got through it amazingly. For the first couple of weeks she couldn’t do a lot – and even short car rides would totally exhaust her. But she quickly started to regain her strength.

Within four weeks Kate was almost back to normal. With respect to the really important issue – Kate’s hair – you can see in the photo that only a small section on the side of her head had been shaved. Once the rest of her hair is let free – you can’t see anything.

Now the cut in her head is just a thin line that is hard to spot. Kate is a little dissapointed that she can’t shock people with it anymore. At least we still have the photo. She goes back to work next week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Royal Prince Alfred Hopsital and all its staff for the wonderful job they did in saving Kate’s life. My girlfriend had an aneurysm and survived!


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54 Comments

  1. jjsonp wrote:

    congratulations to you both – that’s a great story. hope she’s recovering well. i added a link to this page to the ‘external links’ on the wikipedia page for aneurysms…if for some reason you don’t want it there you can just click ‘edit page’ and delete the link, but i think your entry is very informative and interesting.

    if your girlfriend doesn’t mind you might put the photo up on the wikipedia page as well: “post surgical photo of brain aneurysm survivor” or something. that page needs some photos – an xray or endoscopic image of an aneurysm would be perfect.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 12:51 am | Permalink
  2. BT wrote:

    Wow.
    Reminds me of Ben Folds song Kate….

    Just a happy song about a remarkable person. I guess you would know that better than anyone.

    God Bless the both of you.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 12:56 am | Permalink
  3. Woody wrote:

    My wife survived two aneurysms 13 years ago. Glad your girlfriend is OK!

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 1:13 am | Permalink
  4. a b wrote:

    I don’t even know you but the story makes me feel so happy for you and Kate. Here’s to medical miracles! :)

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 3:45 am | Permalink
  5. Ben Rosengart wrote:

    Thanks for sharing, Daniel.

    Reading this made me shake a little bit. Because my friend Kate also had a brain aneurysm burst, and survived.

    This was also in January — of 2005 — and right after travelling. Weird, huh?

    She didn’t fare as well as your Kate did. She spent some time in a coma, and is now partially paralyzed, with much loss of language function.

    Best of luck to you and your Kate.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 5:06 am | Permalink
  6. Bryan wrote:

    Awesome, amazing story. Glad she could make it through just fine.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 5:15 am | Permalink
  7. Jeff wrote:

    Wow, we began to read this and it was like a something out of a movie, nearly unbelievable… Your humor, optimistic attitudes and continual strength through such a scary event is astonishing. I pray for the best for all involved and keep up the good spirits.

    Pura Vida,
    People who care!

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  8. Rumsfeltcher wrote:

    Adrian?

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  9. Oh my, I would flip if that happened to my other half.. I’m so glad she came through with all her bits and bobs working just fine. Such a scary thing to have that happen and not know it is coming.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
  10. Flashman wrote:

    I lost my grandfather to an aneurysm almost a year ago. He was in the 1/3rd category that get to hospital but never wake up again. I’m glad that Kate made it out alright, because it is one of those random things that can strike anybody, any time, regardless of their general fitness.

    That said, keep your blood pressure down, kids.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  11. grndslm wrote:

    That’s good news, man.

    Recently I had a friend pass away two nights ago. Recently, he started having seizures and had to take some medication (dilantin perhaps?). He chose not to quit smoking and drinking, however…and kept driving too. Now he’s not with us anymore because he had a seizure behind the wheel of the car. At least that’s what we all believe because there was no sign of stopping, braking, turning…nothing.

    I just hope people understand how serious seizures can be!! And that recommendations from doctors should not be taken lightly! Follow these directions, and you could save a life or more.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  12. admin wrote:

    Thanks for all the support everybody. it’s amazing to hear how so many people have had to deal with such a frightening experience – and sad that it can’t always turn out so well. We feel pretty lucky.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  13. AF-Geek wrote:

    A wonderful story. Thank you for sharing with the world. All the best to you both.
    I would say “God bless you,” but it appears He already has.

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
  14. solareclipse2 wrote:

    Hello, I just read this story on digg. This is remarkable and I have to say how wonderful that Kate is alright and how strong everyone close to her is. Best wishes!

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  15. george wrote:

    thank you for sharing this story.
    (i am otherwise speechless.)

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  16. diamondquestionmark wrote:

    I love the article, especially the numerous question marks in diamonds. Made me feel like I was trippin balls too!

    Posted on 22-Mar-07 at 11:28 pm | Permalink
  17. Alex Kerr wrote:

    My brother died of an aneurysm some 10 years ago, so I’m really glad to hear your girlfriend survived intact. Make the most of her, she’s obviously one special and blessed lady :)

    Alex

    Posted on 23-Mar-07 at 12:42 am | Permalink
  18. Fred wrote:

    Congrats on her survival and recovery; and welcome to the club. My mom had an cranial aneurysm pop on the operating table in 1970. Happy to say she is still kicking ass and taking names. Enjoy your time with your lady–it is all gravy after an event like this.

    Posted on 23-Mar-07 at 12:59 am | Permalink
  19. cait wrote:

    Hey guys:

    Dan, here’s a tip: Don’t let ‘er go; Caits. … Kates rawk!

    I’m so glad she’s ok and has someone who obviously loves her a great deal.

    Take care and thanks for sharing your story.

    cait

    Posted on 23-Mar-07 at 1:05 am | Permalink
  20. kneehighspy wrote:

    glad to see she’s doing well. i understand what she went through, back in ’04 i suffered a pulmonary embolism that went to my lungs (8 small emboli, a saddle emboli). i blacked out, lost consciousness, bit my tongue in half and had a violent seizure that broke my hip and my shoulder (not a fall, but from muscle contractions). after 3 hip surgeries (1 total hip replacement), two shoulder surgeries, and 2 knee surgeries (the 1st knee surgery is what caused the pe, which developed from a dvt (deep vein thrombosis), i almost died from the pe and was in intensive care for almost a month (24 days), after the hip surgery, they removed the tube / bag in my hip scar and i almost bled to death cause they couldn’t get the bleeding to stop as it was shooting from my wound all while i was almost going unconscious and hearing ac/dc’s hell’s bells from somewhere (my wife still remembers me asking her if she heard it too).

    but after 3 years of therapy, i’m still not complete and never will be. all this from a fall in iraq in ’03 while i was a military contractor.

    Posted on 23-Mar-07 at 5:42 am | Permalink
  21. Beatriz Pardo wrote:

    Thanks for sharing that experienece; I have four brain aneurisms, one ruptured two years ago and it was treated through embolization as well as another one of them. There is one that can not be treated and in a month I am going to surgey to get rid of the fourth one. Reading your story and looking at the picture gave me an idea of what is going to happen from a point of view different from the doctors. This aneurism is located exactly in the same place as Kate’s was.
    I hope i a while, my boyfriend can say the same: “My girlfriend had an aneurism and survived!”
    Congratulations Kate!

    Posted on 23-Mar-07 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  22. good guy wrote:

    hope you guys hav a long n happy life together

    Posted on 26-Mar-07 at 12:16 am | Permalink
  23. Jules wrote:

    Wow, it’s so bizarre to read this about poor Katie-girl! I’m so glad she’s ok and will be back to work and normality (of sorts) soon.
    I deeply feel for the loss of the booze, Kate :( You have my deepest sympathies, but I suppose a year of booze-lessness is a fair enough trade for a medical life-saving miracle.

    Never fear re: the hair either, you seem to be able to rock with just about any haircut under the sun – from the long dark haired year-2 look, to the short, blonde bob; rock-star mullet; etc. etc.
    I’ve had the same haircut since my fringe grew out in year 7.

    Anyway Dan, I’ll spread this amongst my many nerdish internet contacts and hopefully you’ll make lots of money to donate to the hospital for saving Kate’s life.

    Lots of Love from London
    Jules

    Posted on 26-Mar-07 at 8:16 pm | Permalink
  24. admin wrote:

    Good work Jules!

    Ask em for some backlinks to this page as well ;)

    Posted on 26-Mar-07 at 11:00 pm | Permalink
  25. Ann Harris wrote:

    So glad everything worked out for your girlfriend. My mother has just been diagnosed with an aneurysm so I hope she will be as lucky .

    Have a long and happy life together

    Posted on 05-Apr-07 at 8:57 pm | Permalink
  26. Man am I glad for you and feel for you. I know exactly what your life was like during that time. My mother had a ruptured aneurysm a few years back. One monment she was talking to my dad the next she point at her head. The weirdest sound of pain I have ever heard came next. I was upstairs and came running. She was out and on the floor. I had to do CPR on her to get her heart started and return her breathing back to normal. The rescue people took her to our local hospital – which is rated number 2 in Virginia and within the top 100 in the country. When we got to the hospital they took us in a small room. They told us she was basically gone. The aneurysm was in a spot in the brain where they could not operate. By the way it was 7:30 on a saturday in the middle of an ice storm. The only bad storm of the winter. Anyway, 30 minutes later the nurologist came in – he was on call that night. He told us that there was a small chance, about 2 to 5 percent change. He know that UVA – the number one hospital in Virginia – was doing something called Detachable Coil Embolization. This was her only change. They kept trying all night to fly her to UVA, but the ice storm would not let up. They tried again in the morning, but no go. The took her in the rescue squad that morning. They told us that we had to get ourselves ready, because they did not think she would be alive at the end of the 3hr road trip. Once at UVA they took her to the 6st floor and saved her life. They had to wait a day to do the procedure. I remember when the doctor came out and was talking to us … she said “I will have to see her in six months for more testing”. That was the first time anyone spoke about her living more than a day.

    After her little event as we call it she had a long and hard time recovery. The headaches were beyond anything. That being said she is walking her dog now by herself and loving it. Things are almost back to the way they were before.

    Anyway, UVA saved her life. As did everyone else that helped that night. And those 20 long days at UVA.

    Posted on 14-Apr-07 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  27. Patick wrote:

    Thanx for sharing your story, really made me think about things.

    Posted on 07-May-07 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  28. Bibi bardot wrote:

    Good story. Sounds like Kate is a lucky girl. Shocker of a photo too!

    Posted on 10-May-07 at 8:59 am | Permalink
  29. Holy crap. Reading this story, and seeing the picture, have left me as wordless and linguistically incompetent as you were when she first told you of the problem over the phone!

    Posted on 10-May-07 at 11:29 pm | Permalink
  30. Wendy wrote:

    Wow, that should seriously be made into a movie. I think it’s great that she made it out ok.

    Posted on 11-May-07 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  31. Val wrote:

    I just learned that I have a brain aneurysm, but it has not burst. Seeing the photo of Kate really scared me at first. Then reading the other stories about what can happen if it does burst made me realize I had better get this thing fixed before I end up with permanent brain damage … or worse. I am ready now to get this thing fixed. I have 5 young children who need me to be here!

    I am so glad that your story turned out so well. I pray my story will be a success story also.

    Posted on 25-May-07 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
  32. Ana wrote:

    Dear Kate,

    I had absolutely the same surgery like you did have. And I do envy on excellent humour you kept for all of the time. I just couldn’t. Bravo, once again!

    Posted on 10-Jun-07 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  33. nicole wrote:

    im glad she made it ok I had an aneurysm too on my left side it ruptured and i had to have surgery my scare looked similar to hers Im still her that is the worst pain to go through and the angiographs are very painful too. I often wonder why it happened to me but i feel great aside from some headaches here and there. my surgery was dec 6 2005 i went to my local hospital the first day i felt the headache i was also vomiting all day long they sent me home and told me they dont treat headaches. i couldnt even remember my birthday at the time i went back the next morning (luckily i was still alive but in pain) they finally gave me a ct scan and found it i was lifeflighted to mercy hospital in pittsburgh and had surgery im great now i have no problems other than headaches i remember everything now.

    Posted on 02-Aug-07 at 8:53 am | Permalink
  34. Jennifer (from La.) wrote:

    kate I can truly say I understand. I also had an aneurysm. I will pray for you. I would love to have you e-mail me back. Keep up the good wrk.

    Posted on 30-Sep-07 at 12:15 am | Permalink
  35. kasey wrote:

    We would like to know what kind of aneurysm did Kate have? My best friend resently passed out in my car and stoped breathing. I called 911 and they took her to the hospital. She had been suffering severe headache for two or three days prior to this. ( I got her to start breathing before the ambulance got there.) At the hospital they did a ct-scan, this showed fluid and swelling on her brain. She was transferred to Baylor Medical Center of Dallas. The doctors did a MRI and an MRA. Anyway a whole bunch of test later they let us know she has a 5mm basilar tip aneurism. We have yet to here if she will require surgery or not. Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. We can’t get a straight answer from any doctor. Thought you might be able to point us in the right direction.

    Thank You,

    Kasey and Heather

    Posted on 09-Oct-07 at 9:37 pm | Permalink
  36. Hi Kasey,

    Sorry to hear about your friend. One of the worst things is not really knowing what to do – or what the chances are that they’ll get through it.

    I’m no expert on aneurysms, and while I wish I had some piece of knowledge to provide comfort – really the most I can do is just point out that if people like Kate can make it through okay, then I’m sure there is plenty of hope for your friend.

    Posted on 10-Oct-07 at 6:14 am | Permalink
  37. Jeff F. wrote:

    Hi.

    I just wanted to say God Bless. My mother had a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, after a brain aneurysm ruptured. She spent 9 months in the hospital, 7 weeks in the ICU. Overall, she is doing ok. She’s starting to walk again, w/o the assistance of a walker.

    It’s very encouraging to read other people’s survival stories!

    Take care.

    Posted on 01-Nov-07 at 9:44 pm | Permalink
  38. Claudia wrote:

    Dear Kate & Daniel,

    When I read your story it made me cry and realize how lucky I was. I had a ruptured Aneurysm just 4 weeks ago and I am now home recovering, lucklily without any permanent damages. Thanks to the good work and help at Cornell Medical N.Y. Prespytarian Hospital. And a huge thanks to my colleague who did CPR on me as I was not breathing anymore. Wishing you both all the best and God bless you both.

    Posted on 06-Nov-07 at 1:01 am | Permalink
  39. Demelza wrote:

    I have just come home from my 15 day stint in the royal prince alfred hospital spent recovering from a ruptured aneurysm. This story bears such striking resemblance to mine and it is so wonderful to hear how other people have come out of it all. Now i can sleep in peace (with my loyal sleeping companion) knowing that i will be ok and this scar isn’t forever

    Best of health!

    Posted on 12-Jan-08 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
  40. Hi Demelza,

    Congratulations on your survival… It gets better from here on out!

    Make sure you take it easy :)

    Posted on 13-Jan-08 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
  41. bel wrote:

    thank you for your insite in this. My family is going through their first with my mother

    Posted on 05-Feb-08 at 4:55 pm | Permalink
  42. Willis wrote:

    Thanks for posting the story. All wishes go to you and your girlfriend, hope you the best!

    Posted on 25-Feb-08 at 7:26 am | Permalink
  43. Aaron wrote:

    My mother has a scar in exactly the same place, She has her operation at the austin hospital in melbourne. If the royal prince alfred ur refering to is the RPA in sydney then you have to praise the quality of neurosurgury in australia then dont you.

    Posted on 02-Mar-08 at 9:21 pm | Permalink
  44. HOLLY wrote:

    THIS IS MY 5TH WEEK AFTER ANEURYSM SURGUREY(I HAVE A SCAR JUST LIKE YOUR GIRLFRIENDS…ONLY THEY DIDNT SHAVE MY HEAD) I HAVE AN INCIDENTAL FINDING…(WERENT LOOKING FOR IT)….IT WAS REFFERED TO AS A MIDDLE CEREBRAL ARTERY BIFURCATION APPROX 8-MM..I HAD THE CRATIOTOMY CLIPPING AND AM RELEASED NOW FOR RETURN TO WORK..WAS A WHIRLWIND OCASSION…NOW NORMAL LIFE? NOT SURE! ANY ONE OUT THERE HAVE A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE ,NOW AT 1 OR 2 YEARS LATER POST CLIPPING?

    Posted on 08-May-08 at 1:19 am | Permalink
  45. chrissie wrote:

    a former student of mine just died yesterday from an aneurysm that led to an auto accident. her name was Kate. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=201804

    Posted on 04-Jun-08 at 3:29 am | Permalink
  46. joanna wrote:

    i too just survived an aneurysm. reading these commentes, will it come back?

    Posted on 02-Sep-08 at 9:26 am | Permalink
  47. Donna wrote:

    My prayers to Kate & family, my sister passed ouy at work August 29,2008 and has been home recovering since 09/09/08. She was found by one of her employees and taken to the ER, they gave her very little chance of living. I was in Texas for my mother – in – laws funerual, I got the call that day and was on a plane the next moring. When I arrived they still didn’t think she was going to survive. She had the Coiling Procedure. SHE IS ALIVE! She still has extremly painful headaches. I’ve been caring for her and praying God will take care of her. She worked 14 hrs a day 6 days a week (owns her own car dealership) now she can’t take care of herself yet, but the doctors say her recovery is amazing, so the are useing her for case study. Thank you UCSF staff.

    Posted on 20-Sep-08 at 4:19 am | Permalink
  48. Anne A... wrote:

    Thanks for sharing that story! I had two cerebral aneurysms clipped 5 years ago now, and like your girlfriend, am a little disappointed about the small scar that’s left behind. I was treated at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and cannot say enough about the professionalism and the skill of the staff there. The recovery was the hardest, but all is well now (unless it’s about to storm, and then I still get migraines!) It’s amazing how many people have lived through this, but without the support of family and friends it just would not be possible. Best wishes to you and your girlfriend!

    Posted on 08-Oct-08 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  49. Hunter wrote:

    I have been having headaches the last 2 days and its 12 pm and they are ver very bad .. i havnt been vomiting. i have sore eyes and runny nose what should i do? can anyone explain how bad these headaches are when u have a anueryism?? thanks alot!

    Posted on 07-Mar-09 at 9:15 pm | Permalink
  50. wendy daniel wrote:

    hi daniel
    just to let you know im from melbourne , and i have two aneurysms and i was looking for answers. to hear how brave kate was during her ordeal gave me and my family strenght to get threw my first clipping that was done 2 weeks ago the aneurysm was the size of a pin pon ball. i was lucky they found it when they did recovery has been slow for the first week, but gets better as the days go on.i have a smaller one to be coiled in april. i hope that goes okay i know it will . tell kate the staple style hair cut is still in and im whereing it now. al my best to you both thanks once again for your imsprireing story that help me get through this challange in my life. wendy daniel

    Posted on 08-Feb-10 at 4:38 am | Permalink
  51. Sheriff wrote:

    Iam pleased kate fully recovered from her ordeal and is back to normal.
    I to suffered a cerebral aneuysm in 1970 i was 29 at the time and i was in port moresby in the Territory of Papua New Guinea.
    This happened on the Port Moresby golf course but i was fortunate there was a neurosurgeon visiting at the time who eventually picked it up.
    This occured on a Sunday and the surgeon told my wife i would not see Monday and to get my parents up to PNG.
    My mother and brother arrived on Tuesday and i was was still kicking on but heavily sedated.
    They took 3 seats out of a Boeing 727 put in a stretcher and flew me down to Sydney and to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
    After a crushed ice bath to get my temperature down to 27 degrees
    a Professor Richard Gye operated and clipped the aneurysm, they also cut my sternum to get to the heart valve as they could only operate for so many minutes otherwise you could be brain dead.
    I would like to thank Professor Gye and all staff at RPA for their skill and effort they put in.

    Posted on 29-Oct-10 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  52. Sandra wrote:

    Wow that is so scary. I’m glad she was ok.

    Posted on 11-May-11 at 12:37 am | Permalink
  53. Liz wrote:

    I thought your story was wonderful and funny, I have just had an aneurysm 3 months ago and am now practically back to normal! My biggest fear is having another one and was wondering hw common this is?

    Posted on 23-Jun-12 at 10:20 pm | Permalink
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