On June 3, 2015 life as our family knew it came to a stop. My 26 year old sister awoke with a horrible headache and numbness down her left side. EMTs arrived and insisted based on her condition (strong vitals and the numbness was gone) that she was suffering from a migraine headache. We insisted that she be taken to the medical center (GRUMC) that she had just graduated from 3 weeks earlier with honors from the Respiratory Therapy program. When she arrived the ER began treating her as if she were suffering from a migraine as well; giving her Benedryl so she could sleep. She continued to complain of pain as she tried to sleep. We waited and waited for more than 3 1/2 hours before they ordered a CT SCAN. By this point she was vomiting and very drowsy. The results from the SCAN showed a bleeding aneurysm. They prepared her for a second scan. The diagnosis changed...AVM. We were very concerned. Our younger cousin had suffered from a AVM 4 years earlier. Kendyl had told the EMTs all about our cousins condition and told them if they did not get her to a hospital she was going to die. The head of Neurology (the surgeon who also performed our cousins surgery) reviewed the scan. A change in diagnosis once again: a large abnormally shaped aneurysm was bleeding from the base of my sisters brain. They told us they would prepare Kendyl for surgery in the morning. No...This was not okay with our family...my otherwise very healthy sister had an aneurysm bleeding into the area surrounding her brain...we begged for them to operate immediately. After 4 1/2 hours the news came that they were able to wrap the aneurysm with 7 to 8 coils. We celebrated! Little did we know that The Journey was just beginning...the next scan showed blood in her CF fluid. They had to drill a hole in her skull and insert a drain to remove the excess fluid. This is when we learned about the seriousness of the next 21 days because of the risk of Vasospasms. This is a condition that can cause the vessels in the brain to clamp down and block the blood flow to the brain causing strokes. We were terrified! That night we turned to our faith and asked every BELIEVER to do the same. Within hours Kendyl had a prayer chain of over 36,000 people that later grew to 90,000 praying for her!!! The next 3 weeks came with ups and downs...good and bad days. We learned to take things hour by hour. Kendyl continued to amaze the doctors, respiratory therapist, and nurses with her progress!! Day by day she got a little stronger...and after spending 3 weeks in the Neuro ICU she was discharged. Kendyl's recovery has been nothing short of a MIRACLE!!! 4 weeks post ICU Kendyl has traveled to the beach for a family vacation, is back to planning her BIG day as she prepares to marry her high school sweetheart of 11 years in less than 3 months, and is helping host an Aneurysm Awareness Night on July 23, 2015 at Logans Road House in Augusta, Ga (6:00-8:00). I pray this story brings awareness for you and your loved ones! Our goal is to share this Teatimony with as many people as we can so more families can be prepared if they are ever faced with this condition. Awareness is key...GET SCANNED! #prayersforkendyl
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