A mother of two must have removed almost half of her skull when a brain aneurysm ruptured during a gym workout.
Lisa Ross thought she had just had a migraine on March 2, 2017 when she stooped to record weights during a body-pump class.
Because the pain quickly became painful, the now 35-year-old man was quickly taken to A&E, where doctors had discovered a brain aneurysm behind her right eye that had been broken.
Mrs. Ross, from Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, went under the knife to prevent the brain from bleeding just because the swelling only started a stroke two days later.
In an effort to save her life, doctors were forced to remove part of Mrs. Ross's skull to soften the swelling.
Two years later, Mrs. Ross, who used to be a customer service agent for the Royal Bank of Scotland, has no peripheral vision and limited mobility in her left hand.
Lisa Ross must have removed almost half of her skull when she suffered from a brain aneurysm during a gym workout. Surgery to stop the bleeding caused swelling that caused her to have a stroke only a few days later. She was well portrayed during her ten-day stint in intensive care, while she did not respond and was left home two years after the ordeal in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire
Speaking of the ordeal, Mrs. Ross said, "I am still surprised until the day I went from fine to nearly dying in one week."
& # 39; I was miserable months later, but I am really lucky to still be here and it makes me cherish my family and the little things in life even more. & # 39;
After training in the gym, Mrs. Ross tolerated her headache two days before it became so severe that she was taken to A&E at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.
A CT scan showed that she had had a brain haemorrhage and that Mrs. Ross was being transferred to a special unit at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
Surgeons managed to stop the bleeding just because she would have a second stroke a few days later.
On March 10, Ms. Ross underwent a decompressing craniectomy, with part of the skull removed to reduce head pressure build-up and minimize brain damage.
This part of Mrs. Ross's skull was then placed in her abdominal wall. Although it may sound bizarre, this procedure is often performed to bones & # 39; fresh & # 39; hold.
Mrs. Ross was then transferred to intensive care, where she did not respond for ten days.
WHAT IS A BRAIN ANEURYSM?
A brain aneurysm is a bulging or ballooning blood vessel.
This can cause leaks and bleeding in the brain, which can be life threatening.
Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm include:
- Sudden, severe headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stiff neck
- Blurred or double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Hanging eyelid
- Loss of consciousness
An unbroken aneurysm may not have any symptoms and may not require treatment.
The causes of brain aneurysms are often unclear.
Risk factors are high blood pressure, smoking, heavy drinking and old age.
Treatment may include surgery or medication to restore blood flow and relieve pain.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Her mother Lorna Watson said: & I cannot describe the fear. It is something that no parent wants to experience.
& # 39; Seeing Lisa lying with all those tubes and wires and her head tied up just broke my heart & # 39;
When Mrs. Ross did indeed come by, she did not even recognize her sons Kalvin (11) and Connor (five).
Unable to walk, talk or swallow, Mrs. Ross was held in the hospital for almost four months, with her husband Richard, also 35, who was visiting every day.
& # 39; Richard was unbelievable – he was there for the children and Lisa in a way no one would ever expect, & Mrs. Watson said.
A ventriculoperitoneal shunt was inserted on April 3 to remove fluid from Mrs. Ross's brain. This fluid went through a tube to her abdominal cavity, where her body swallowed it up again.
The part of her skull that was removed was then reconfirmed on April 18.
Mrs. Ross was eventually fired on June 29, but the trial was not over yet.
& # 39; I remember coming home and constantly thinking: & # 39; Why me? & # 39 ;, & # 39; She said.
& # 39; There would be endless days sitting on the couch and doing nothing. This low period lasted months and months. & # 39;
Her eldest son eventually helped his mother see the positive side of the situation.
& # 39; Kalvin said one day from the sky, & # 39; I am so glad you met this mummy & # 39;, & # 39; said Mrs. Ross.
& # 39; That was my wake-up call. It made me realize that life doesn't stop after a brain injury – it's just a new beginning.
& # 39; Realizing the support network that you have around you and that you are not alone and have a goal, encourages you to continue.
& # 39; My love and appreciation for Richard and the boys has never been so great and I am now doing everything I can to help others in the same situation. & # 39;
Mrs. Ross is now back in the gym and is working with the charity Momentum Scotland, which provides training and employment services to people with disabilities.
& # 39; I now see a personal trainer who helps me with special exercises for my hand, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I am very proud of what I have achieved in my recovery, which was only possible thanks to the support of my husband, friends and family.
& # 39; I am now focused on making progress, helping people and cherishing what I have. & # 39;
A head injury awareness day will take place tomorrow. Find more information here.
Mrs. Ross was in intensive care, covered with & # 39; tubes and wires, and her head connected & # 39; (see left). When she awoke, she did not even recognize her sons Kalvin, 11, and Connor, five, who are well portrayed with their father and her husband Richard Ross, who visited his wife every day
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