Donna LaCoursiere Donna LaCoursiere

First post: Sep 22, 2020 Latest post: Oct 8, 2020
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Mom woke up with “the worst headache of her life” on Friday morning. We called EMS and she was brought to Mercy hospital where a CT scan showed that she had a small bleed from a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was stable with just a really bad headache.

She was transported to Abbott northwestern to the neuro ICU Friday morning. Dr Kayan recommended she have a procedure done where they use an artery in the leg to lead a wire up into the brain (less invasive approach) and place a coil where the ruptured aneurysm was. The coil is meant to prevent that area from rupturing again (which is likely to happen soon after the original rupture). 

The procedure was completed and she was transferred to PACU.  I wish I could end this story here but.... 

Unfortunately when she started to wake up they noticed she could not move her left side. They brought her back for another CT which showed that the coil they placed to prevent another bleed had actually come out of place and the site did ruptured again. She had a little more bleeding the second time and was left with no movement in her left side. They brought her back to attempt the same procedure again. The second procedure was successful and she was transferred back to the PACU to recover.