Providing practical and emotional
support for all people affected
by brain haemorrhage

      Karen's Story


      Well this is my story.  

      On the 11th August 2008 I suffered from an SAH.

      My son woke me up in the early hours of the morning.  He he said that I was breathing funny.  All I know is that when I woke up I felt sick and had the most violent pain in my head like you would not believe.  That was it.  I don’t remember anything else. My children (told me they) phoned the emergency services and were told how to do CPR as I wasn’t breathing at the time.  

      I was firstly taken to the Heartlands Hospital where my family were told that I might not survive. Then I was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where I woke up a few days later.

      I had a craniotomy and clipping of the MCA And PCA aneurysms. I am thankful to my neurosurgeon, Dr Tadi and his staff. I was in there for just over three weeks.

      I suffer from a slight weakness down the right hand side of my body and also seizures. I am forgetful at times and can lose my temper very quickly now, much more easily than I did before. I still see my neurosurgeon and have seen him every SIX months since my operation.  But the last time I saw him he made it NINE months instead of SIX. I have had one CT Scan since my operation just to make sure all is still ok.

      My family and friends have been very supportive and help me through the bad days.

      But I must also thank everyone in the group also as I feel if ever I need support someone is always here to help.