There is a brain aneurysm rupturing every 18 minutes. Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. Of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit. Approximately 15% of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) die before reaching the hospital.
This is what exactly happened to my sister. On the afternoon of March 4, 2018, Thess, 46 years of age, a mother of two experienced severe headache while on the way to mall as she was seated at the passenger side together with my other sibling Doris who was driving. Doris panicked when she saw Thess unconscious on the seat and not responding to her, her eyes turned white and almost falling on the seat. She thought it was a stroke and looked for the nearest hospital.
She brought her to the nearest hospital in Las Pinas Medical Center in Moonwalk and Thess vomited three times while on the emergency room. She was given immediate care and was given meds for her blood pressure to go down at 200 over 180. The initial impression was stroke and the CT Scan shows severe bleeding in the left brain, making her right body unable to move. The bleeding was already severe that herniation of some important parts of her brain started. The vomiting was caused by the pressure inside the skull, and she was declared in a coma with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 4, just 1 point shy of the lowest possible score of 3 over 15. Surgery wasn't an option.
Upon learning of the situation, knowing that the hospital doesn't have enough resources, I moved heaven and earth to contact my network for an immediate transfer and referral to a better equipped hospital. Several hospitals were called, but no ICU was available. It was through the help of my dearest bestfriend, Jimvert, a supervisor in UPHD Medical Center in Las Pinas that we were reserved a room in the ICU. But the next challenge was the availability of ambulance for the transfer. Every hospital's ambulance is out and it took several hours for an outsourced ambulance to arrive.
On admission to the ER in the University of Perpetual Help Medical Center, my sister Thess was still in a coma, with her blood pressure still on the 200mmhg mark. It was later stabilized with the ongoing diuretics to relieve her of the pressure by pulling the water away out of the body.
With the doctors brief when I arrived, I immediately grasped the situation. Prognosis was poor and surgery can't be done.
Today is March 13, the ninth day of the critical ten days observation in the ICU where her condition started to slowly deteriorate, bodily functions slowly affected, organs slowly failing.
And with this, hospital bills are accumulating and this where we as a whole family would need help with. No one could have predicted this would happen, no one would have wanted this to happen. And just like any emergency, we come unprepared.
We believe in the goodness of people and kindness of the human spirit. We would like to appeal to your generous hearts to help us go through this.
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