Kathryn Grant, my sister, a 21 year old active, vibrant, and pretty woman, suffered an aneurysm on Sunday, the 23rd of January, 1999. This in turned caused a subarachnoid hemorrhage rated at a class 5 level. At the front door to our house she grabbed her forehead, reached towards her fiancée, and collapsed. I vaulted down the stairs as my father and her fiancée tried to bring her in. Seeing her choking for air, I immediately turned her on her side and tried to clear her airway. This in turn caused a biting reflex which violently tried to remove my forefinger. After this her breathing was deep but very far apart.
I was considering CPR but got some response by agitating her sternum's pressure point. In this way she was kept breathing until the paramedics arrived and intubated her. The on call neurosurgeon's CT scan revealed a class 5 SAH. She was given almost no chance of survival. The following day in ICU, and following another CT scan, she was upgraded to a level 4. An angiography was performed and the 3-5mm aneurysm was scheduled to be clipped early next week.
While in a coma, she responded to some voices and some eye response and she stood a chance for a good recovery. On the 28th, Thursday, she suffered a bad stroke caused by vasospasm. Apparently the angiography revealed no response to anti-vasoconstriction drug therapy. This stroke was widespread and brain damage was evident everywhere. The swelling was said to be very threatening for the next 72 hours. About 52 hours later, she was pronounced brain dead. The swelling was too much for her to battle and the damage was fatal. This is being submitted less than 13 hours since her death.
Being healthy in every other way, we have signed all the consent forms for her to donate her organs to those who need them. Kathryn's death is very tragic indeed. She was to be married on the 31st of July, was about to buy her first house with her fianc� Ken, and was less than a day away from asking for a well anticipated, and earned, raise from her boss.
Of the hundreds of people saddened by her passing, one has but to think of all the people that will be made happy by Kathryn's gift of life. Not only will the families and friends of these recipients be made happy, but from now on, any person affected positively by these people given a second chance by my loving sister, will repay those of us who will miss her eternally.
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