When Kerri’s doctor told her she had a brain aneurysm behind her left eye, she began to cry. Kerri had previously under gone brain surgery and couldn’t fathom reliving that nightmare again. Her 2008 brain surgery came with many challenges including kidney failure, blood clots in both of her legs, and a loss of speech.
After being bedridden for months she was faced with the challenge of learning to walk again, which required hours of travel to rehab and therapy. One of the worst memories Kerri has of that time was not being able to read. As a librarian, reading is central in Kerri’s life.
It was Gaurav Gupta, M.D., of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who told Kerri about a new procedure using the Pipeline™embolization device, a new technology that had the potential to minimize post-surgery complications. His confidence in the innovative procedure put Kerri’s mind at ease. And the timing was perfect Pipeline had just received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.
For Kerri, the Pipeline procedure was easy in comparison to her brain surgery. She recalls being able to go back to work after a few weeks compared to her first surgery when she was out of work for more than eight months. Dr. Gupta and his colleague Sudipta Roy Chowdhury, M.D., performed the procedure, which enabled Kerri to get back on her feet quickly with no adverse side effects.
Since receiving treatment, Kerri feels well and receives regularly scheduled brain scans as recommended by her doctors. She remains indebted to her friends and those around her who supported during her medical difficulties. She will occasionally change the color of her hair to her friend’s favorite color to remind them how grateful she is and how she would not be here today if not for their generosity and kindness.
Kerri wants to share her experience to educate others about the risks of brain aneurysms. Kerri tells others to listen to their body and get to a doctor if something feels different. She believes it is important to know your family history, trust your body, and advocate for yourself.