Karen Jewell

First post: Sep 25, 2022 Latest post: Apr 3, 2023
On Thursday, September 22nd, Karen was eagerly getting ready for a flight from Aspen to Sioux Falls to visit her family. While we may never know the exact sequence of events or reasons why, Karen fell and hit her head. Not surprisingly, she got right back up and headed out the door for her flight. By the time she arrived in South Dakota, she was clearly not feeling well and was taken to Sanford Medical Center to be evaluated. The physicians quickly found a large intracranial hemorrhage located in her right temporal lobe. The decision was made to take her to emergency surgery for a craniectomy and evacuation of the hemorrhage. The procedure lasted just over an hour and the neurosurgeon was able to remove around 2/3 of the blood clot. They inserted a monitor in her brain that will tell us if she has too much pressure inside. They also left out the piece of bone from her skull on the right side so that her brain can safely swell after the surgery. She was brought to the neuro intensive care unit around 3am on Friday, September 23rd.