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How did it happen? My brain aneurysm story: Overview

It’s in the raw hours of Saturday morning on July 29th, 2017, 1:00AM to be exact. Nothing much seems to be going on in this posh neighborhood of Kampala, except for the security guards struggling to stay awake.  On the street of Naguru Vale, however, in one house, something is happening that will change the lives of this young aspiring family forever. “Somebody help, help me please, call the ambulance” A male voice is heard by the security guard on duty that night. Through the confusion, the security guard doesn’t know what do but listen keenly again for the voice. Meanwhile, the situation in this house is worsening. It’s a matter of life and death and time is of essence. “Post one, post one, can you read me? My wife is unresponsive, I need somebody to help me right now” My husband managed to get hold of the walkie talkie and placed a call that he hoped would end the nightmare.

Recap from last post: Waking up from the nightmare

From the last post, I shared my experiences on how I started to regain my consciousness ‘waking up from the nightmare’. I had a lot of confusion, anxiety, and general disorientation. The ‘obvious’ seemed to be ‘rare’ to me but I am forever thankful for the gift of life.


I just want to point out from the statistics that “Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. Of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit.” These statistics are based on a sample collected in the US and reported by the Brain Aneurysm Foundation https://www.bafound.org/about-brain-aneurysms/brain-aneurysm-basics/brain-aneurysm-statistics-and-facts/ .

If you think about it, those are actually large numbers considering the fact that 1 in 50 people have unruptured brain aneurysm.

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