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Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month: Maria Chapa's story

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 |  Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 | Share This Item

Maria Chapa realized something was wrong when she started having a horrible headache.

She and her husband went to the nearest hospital in Brownsville, where an MRI confirmed she had an aneurysm. Because the doctors there were not equipped to treat her, they recommended that she visit University Health System.

“We were so glad we went to UHS,” Maria told us. “They had 11 people ready to assist us once we got here. Within seconds, the whole staff was ready.” 

Both she and her husband spoke very highly of everyone there. They described the care she received as being prompt and attentive. 

We are happy to report that Maria has fully recovered from her aneurysm and is back home in Brownsville.

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Wilfred Staunch's Amazing Stroke Recovery

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 |  Friday Sep 16, 2016 | Share This Item

Last October, Wilfred Staunch, suffered a stroke in his home that left him incapacitated. His family started to worry when he stopped answering their calls; they called the police to check on him. When the officers arrived, they found him unconscious and immediately took him to University Hospital where he was seen by Ramesh Grandhi, MD. Wilfred is still recovering, but he is making excellent progress.

“They took a piece of my skull out to release pressure in my brain,” Wilfred said. “I had no idea what was going on at the time, but my family said there were people who didn't think I was going to make it. But my wife knew that I was a fighter and I could fight my way through this and live and she was right.”

Wilfred also told us that he was very impressed by the quality of care he received.

“Dr. Grandhi was really good. He made me feel at ease. He completed the surgery and he kept my family together.”

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Kinley's Story

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 |  Thursday Sep 15, 2016 | Share This Item

On October 27, 2015 we were reminded we are not in control of our children's lives but God is. Our 4-year-old daughter was kicked in the head by her horse and had to be airlifted to University Hospital where she underwent an extensive brain surgery. The news was grim but hopeful and that's all we had to go on. The next 72 hrs were moment by moment but thru it all one thing remained, our faith in God and the staff at University. We had top notch doctors, residents, nurses and techs informing us, encouraging us and holding our hands when we just weren't sure about the next hour. After 13 days as a critical patient at University Hospital, Kinley was walking, talking and loving her family again. She went on to have three more surgeries with the same loving staff. We have now celebrated her fifth birthday and watched her joyfully walk into her kindergarten classroom this fall. All this was made possible by each person that was a part of our daughter’s journey at University Hospital.”

Although a severe headache like Alberto’s is a classic aneurysm symptom, people might also experience nausea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, or even sensitivity to light. If you or someone you know demonstrates any of those symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.

 

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Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month: Alberto's story

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 |  Tuesday Sep 13, 2016 | Share This Item

To bring more attention to Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, we spoke with patient Alberto Comacho about the events that led up to his hospitalization. Alberto initially sought medical assistance because he had “…the worst headache of [his] life.” The pain was so intense that he blacked out. Ultimately Alberto was taken to the Neuro ICU, where our team was able to properly diagnose him and treat his aneurysm.

 

Alberto told us that his care at the Neuro ICU was phenomenal: “Dr. Grandhi was awesome. He was there every step of the way answering questions as well as reassuring me and my family.” Alberto was released this week and we are happy to report that he is recovering nicely.

 

Although severe headache like Alberto’s is a classic aneurysm symptom, people might also experience nausea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, or even sensitivity to light. If you or someone you know demonstrates any of those symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.

 

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Craniosynostosis Awareness Month: Andre's story

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 |  Monday Sep 12, 2016 | Share This Item

Today we got a chance to catch up with Angela Grim. Her son, Andre, was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostosis back in  April.

 

“When I received the diagnosis I was devastated,” she told us. Before that day Angela had never even heard of the condition. Thankfully, after meeting Izabela Tarasiewicz M.D., her fears slowly started to abate. Angela explained to us how Dr. Tarasiewicz always took the time to answer questions and provide encouragement, before her son’s surgery and well into his recovery. Angela’s advice to the other parents is not to panic when they first get the news; great physicians like Dr. Tarasiewicz will be there to support you every step of the way.

 

It been a few months since Andre had his surgery, and we’re happy to report that he’s doing great. He’s been running around and having fun just like any other kid his age!

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