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Last December 2016, my mother, Amy McKay, was sent to The University of Virginia Hospital for an operation on a brain aneurysm. She suffered a small stroke, but since then has made a remarkable recovery. This past Friday she arrived back in Virginia for a routine angiogram scheduled for today, Tuesday, September 19th. Throughout the weekend, my brother, uncle and aunt noticed her speech and balance were not normal. She was not able to complete sentences and was stringing individual words together that had no meaning. By Monday evening, her balance was completely off and it was obvious something was wrong.
She was admitted to the hospital at UVA this morning at 7:00 am. The angiogram showed that she needed a stint placed in order to ensure that another aneurysm would not occur. She was put on blood thinners to ensure that the stint did not clot. Upon further investigation, the doctor noticed a hematoma on the top area of her brain. Upon further investigation, they realized it was covering about 1/2 her brain. Normally, they would have operated immediately to remove it, but the blood thinner she is taking complicates things and will not make it easy or safe to operate.
At the moment, she is still confused and not able to speak fully, yet seems to understand what is communicated to her. Right now they are keeping a close eye on her in ICU and monitoring her hematoma. The bleeding has stopped, which is a good sign, however, the next 24-48 hours are critical. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to hope for the best. We will do our best to update this site as often as possible. We appreciate your help in passing this site along to her friends and those that love her.