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10/15/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. On Tues, Oct 11th, mom suffered a subarachnoid hemorage which is a burst aneurysm in her brain, or form of stroke. She was brought to the hospital by ambulance and then tranferred to the University of Illionis Chicago Medical Center where she underwent surgery early Wed morning to clamp the aneurysm and stop the bleeding on her brain. Fortunately, the surgery was successful. The surgeons were able to locate the aneurysm and clamp it off to prevent further bleeding. Subsequent tests and scans have not shown any additional aneurysms. Every day since, she has shown immense improvement. She was able to recognize our faces almost immediately and answer questions by nodding yes or no. She has progressed to the point where today they were able to remove her breathing tubes which has been an amazing step! She is understandably hoarse so speech is limited but she has said all of our names among a few other words. She is experiencing some difficulty with movement on her right side but has already shown some minor progressions and they do not believe there will be any permanent paralysis. It will still be a long road to recovery. She needs to remain in the neurosurgical intensive care unit for a few weeks at least to be monitored. She is receiving excellent care and has exceeded everyone's expectations thus far and we anticipate that she will continue to do so. We will use this site to keep everyone posted on her progess. We also wanted to thank our friends, relatives and loved ones for their thoughts and prayers. The outpouring of support has meant more than you all can imagine!