A year ago, Shamsah Momin was in her bedroom closet, helping her husband pick out a shirt before going out to dinner. He saw her eyes roll backwards. He grabbed her hand so she wouldn’t hit her head as she began to fall back.
He called 9-1-1 to get an ambulance. That’s when her breathing became irregular and she vomited. That was Sept. 3, 2016.
A few days later she woke up in Brackenridge Hospital after doctors put a drain into her head to relieve the pressure caused by a brain bleed from very large wide-neck aneurysm. While she was unconscious, doctors also used a balloon-assisted coil embolization to divert the blood flow to that aneurysm.
After more than two weeks in the hospital, Momin was released, but Dr. Ramsey Ashour, a neurosurgeon at Seton Brain & Spine Institute, knew that the aneurysm would likely bleed again. Doing another coil embolization wasn’t a good option because he would need to use so many coils because of the aneurysm’s size and the coils might go somewhere they shouldn’t and cause a stroke.
Instead, after Momin healed for a few months, she returned to the hospital in December. There Ashour used a Pipeline Flex embolization device, which is a piece of wire mesh that goes into the blood vessel with the weakened wall (aneurysm). The mesh strengthens the vessel while cutting off the blood…
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