I was looking into getting some answers as to what may have caused my wife's death this year and it seems nothing is making any sense at all. My wife was 26 years old and in great health. She has never had a family history of high blood pressure or an heart problems.
The night of January 28th, 1999, my wife woke me at about 5:00 am complaining that she had a very bad headache. Being as late as it was I told her to get Advil and go to sleep. The next morning I woke up at about 11:00 am to find my wife laying on the bathroom floor. She was out and not responding to anything. I phoned 911 and had her rushed to the hospital.
After waiting for about an hour doctors come out and tell me that she had multiple hemorrhages in the left side of the brain caused by an aneurysm. I was to wait with her in ICU for 3 days before she passed away. I was told by the head neurosurgeon that they could not operate do to the increase of the swell on the left side of Kristin's brain. They were going to treat her with medicine to see if that would bring the swelling down so they could try and operate.
Well after the second day there was no change at all in her health and I was then told that she was not going to make it because the way things looked then her body started to shut down.
I know this does not really go into much detail as to what really happened I felt someone may have some insight into multiple aneurysms in a healthy 26 year old woman that did everything right. She was a non-smoker and a health freak.
Update 11 Mar 99
I did get ahold of my wifes autopsy report today and thought that maybe I could pass along what it was that was found and maybe someone could give some insight to what it might mean.
Evidence of subarachnoid and massive interacerebral hemorrhage involving left cerebral hemisphere in distribution of anterior and middle cerebral arteries.
No evidence of traumatic injuries to brain.
Pulmonary congestion with early patchy acute pneumonia.
Congestion of spleen.
Mild chronic cystic crevices.
Comment: Both gross examination and microscopic sections revealed evidence of a massive intracerebral hemorrhage involving primarily the left cerebral hemisphere in the distribution of the anterior and middle cerebral arteries. A definite aneurysm was not found. The vessels in the circle of willis appeared unremarkable. The remainder of the autopsy findings were noncontributory.
I find this all kind of overwhelming...first to see the statement that no aneurysm was found, yet the doctors all said there was multiple ones found. What does all this stuff mean...I kind of understand some of it but am puzzled with the comment that no aneurysm was found. Is this something I should alarm the parents so they can have it looked into further with Kristin's sister, just in case?
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