Saturday, September 04, 2010
ABC's "Mind Secrets" shows details of brain surgery, including burst aneurysm
A woman with neck pain, apparently related to carotid problems, has an aneurysm which ruptures on camera during surgery. The surgeon has three minutes to bring it under control.
A woman with epileptic seizures has delicate brain surgery. Her family, including her six-year old daughter, watch her all the time and plays “mommy.”
A 50 year old woman is raced into surgery with a tennis-ball-sized blood clot causing a coma.
Dr. James Bales at West Virginia University explains all the procedures.
A woman faces the possibility of memory loss because of surgery, but comes through fine.
The broadcast also showed pediatric brain surgery.
Through the workplace, I have personally known of two coworkers whose spouses had brain aneurysms burst. It can happen suddenly without warning to anyone; sometimes there is severe headache first, sometimes there is instant coma.
This ABC “Secrets of the Mind” series reminds me of a grade school reader. “Streets and Roads” and then “More Streets and Roads”.