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My daughter (Carin) had an onset of a very bad headache and blurred vision over two weeks ago. Doctors brushed it off as a Migraine and gave her Tylenol III. On the Thursday night before Christmas (12/18) she was taken to Kettering Hospital. A Cat Scan (CT) showed a brain bleed. She was transported to University Hospital (Cincinnati) and admitted into the Neurological ICU. She had another CT. Then she had an Angiogram all by Friday night (12/19). She has an AVM (malformation of blood vessels).
These vessels are not supposed to be there and are very immature and weak. One of them ruptured and caused the bleeding.
After being awake for over 36 hours we were given a grim, but a treatable answer from the results of the Angiogram. She would suffer visual spatial and completion of multiple step tasks hurdles to overcome after months and possibly years of rehabilitation. The MRI was scheduled and was going on when we had to leave (University Hospital is a teaching hospital and closes at 9 PM to visitors).
Here is the Christmas miracle. On Saturday, December 20 the doctor reviewed the MRI results with us. The AVM and the blood clot from the rupture are encircled with what looks like a bright halo on the MRI. It is a “safety margin” between the AVM, clot and brain tissue making it removable The real miracle is that there is NO brain tissue where the AVM and clot are. No brain tissue ever formed there. We could not recreate the perfect circle the doctor could, but the white cloud on the MRI shows it encircling the blood clot and AVM.
She underwent surgery Christmas Eve to embolize (cut off blood flow) two of the vessels (one causing the clot and the other is a deep feeding vessel to the AVM). She came through the surgery perfectly fine and the doctor was very pleased that they had accomplished what they wanted.
She was in the Hospital over Christmas, but she came home on 12/26. She never presented with any other Neurological symptoms and she will have the AVM and clot removed in about three weeks.
When she is feeling up to it, we will have Christmas.
I just wanted to tell you about this great news.