A Race Against Time

A Race Against Time

Upon Henry’s arrival at John Muir Health after his collapse from a brain hemorrhage, Neurosurgeon Dr. Terence Chen quickly diagnosed that Henry’s stroke was caused by a rare vascular malformation in his brain.

I think this experience has made me a better person. I wouldn't wish it on anybody, but I'm just so happy to be alive.

Interventional radiologist Dr. David Goldberg performed a minimally invasive technique on Henry, threading a tiny catheter from his groin up into his brain to insert a kind of "super glue" to plug the bleeding artery.

With continued care by nurses Denise Macari and Sherry Givens of the neuro-intenslve care team and by neurosurgeon Dr. Richard G. Perrin, who was on call in the stroke center when Henry suddenly became unresponsive, Henry was able to slowly make his way back towards recovery.

Led by the rehabilitation therapists at John Muir Health, Henry went through months of intensive treatment learning to walk and talk again. Four years after his stroke, Henry returned to John Muir Health for an annual rehabilitation reunion.

“What's interesting about neurological recovery is that it takes a long time," Dr. Chen observed. "In a case like Henry's, it's really great to see how much function and cognition is restored over time. We don't always get to see that.”

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