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Veronica Cuevas' Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 | Share This Item

Veronica Cuevas was at a trampoline park with her friends when she did a back flip and landed on her feet. Immediately, she knew something was wrong.

“I had a sharp pain on the base of my head. I couldn't hear. I couldn't walk to get water or anything. It was the worst pain I felt in my life.”

When the pain persisted, Veronica decided to go to an ER in Corpus Christi. A CT scan revealed that there was blood in her brain. Her doctors determined that she had an aneurysm. Because they were unable to treat her, Veronica was airlifted to UHS. Once she arrived, Lee A. Birnbaum, MD, treated her aneurysm using endovascular coiling. She was then placed under the care of Shaheryar Hafeez, MD, Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, and the neurocritical care team.

“I’m very grateful to them,” Veronica told us. “They are taking good care of me."

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Christian's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Jul 21, 2017 | Share This Item

Earlier this year, Christian Patrick Ehrhard suffered a major stroke while getting ready for work in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was rushed to San Antonio, where he underwent an emergency thrombectomy for an occlusion of his internal carotid artery, one of the main vessels supplying blood to his brain. This procedure, in which a microcatheter (a small tube) and a stent was used to remove a clot through accessing the arteries in his brain, was performed at University Hospital, a Comprehensive Stroke Center staffed round-the-clock by a team of UT Medicine Stroke Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, and Neurointensivists. He later underwent a hemicraniectomy in which part of his skull was removed to reduce the pressure placed on his brain due to swelling from the stroke. Christian subsequently returned to the hospital so he could undergo skull replacement surgery.

Last week, during a follow-up appointment, we got a chance to visit with Christian and his family to see how they were doing. Christian’s wife told us that she was pleased with the outcomes of both surgeries.

“Physically, you wouldn't even know he had a stroke,” she told us. “Dr. Grandhi did a great job with the surgery and his continued care.”

Although Christian initially had trouble speaking after his first surgery, speech therapy has improved his communication.

We are pleased to see how far Christian has come and wish him well during his recovery.

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Neurocritical Care Team

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 | Share This Item

After a hectic week in the Neurosurgery ICU, nurses and staff surprised Dr. Seifi with a tray of colorful cupcakes bearing the words "We Love You."

We are lucky to have such an amazing Neurocritical Care team at University Hospital!

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New Residents

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Jun 23, 2017 | Share This Item

We are very excited to introduce our new residents Matt Webb, D.O., Pegah Ghamasaee, M.D., and Aaron Chance, M.D.

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Oralia Garza's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Jun 16, 2017 | Share This Item


“From the moment we met Dr. Grandhi, we knew he was great,” Oralia told us. “He was one of the best doctors I’ve ever had. He was very helpful. He did everything well and explained each procedure that he performed.”

Oralia underwent a cerebral angiogram and subsequently was taken to the operating room where her ruptured aneurysm was clipped. She remained in the NeuroICU at University Hospital, initially under the care of Dr. Shaheryar Hafeez, where she experienced what she described as “the best care” she ever had.

“He spent so much time with me and made sure everything was ok. Our family loves him.”

During a recent follow-up appointment with Dr. Jimenez, we got a chance to talk to Josey’s family about what life was like after surgery. His parents told us that Dr. Jimenez did “amazing work;” Josey was able to perform well in school and enjoy athletic activities, like playing sports. The entire family is grateful for the care their son received and the success of his treatment.

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