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.

Shamsah Momin, with her daughter Samayra, had an aneurysm that ruptured last September. Doctors were able to repair it using a Pipeline Flex embolization device. Family photo

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.

Dr. Ramsey Ashour is a neurosurgeon at Seton Brain & Spine Institute. Seton Healthcare Family

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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