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Last Saturday morning (the 16th) mom and dad were at their trailer in Holcombe when dad mentioned he had a bad headache all of sudden. About a half hour later, one of the neighboring campers found him lying on the ground unconscious. Luckily there are several nurses in the campground and they started CPR and called 911. He came to briefly before the helicopter took him to Eau Claire and he was able to answer some questions, talk to mom and chew some baby aspirin, but either on the way, or at Mayo in Eau Claire, he had another episode and the doctors sedated him to prevent further issues. They found that he had a subarachnoid hemmorage (an aneurysm) in the lining between his skull and brain. They immediately decided to fly him to Rochester. Once there, they did an angiogram to find the bleed and performed a procedure called an Endovascular Embolization where they go through an artery in the groin and place platinum coils into the aneurysm to slow the bleed causing it to clot and stop. The procedure was successful, but the aneurysm was pretty bad so they needed to put a shunt in to drain the fluid and lower the pressure. When they did this, he had a subdermal hematoma (secondary bleed), but the doctors do not seem too concerned with this.
He is in stable condition, but the doctors have said this was a very serious episode and he's got a long way to go.