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A Time Bomb Inside Her Head
Caroline Simmons didn't know there was a dangerous tangle of blood vessels in her brain until she had a massive stroke at age 10.
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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Strokes don’t only strike adults. Caroline Simmons was just 10 years old, riding the school bus, when she developed a massive headache. “It was like a migraine, but worse,” she remembers. She couldn’t talk, and the right side of her body was paralyzed.
She was rushed to the hospital where an angiogram revealed a tangle of veins and arteries inside her brain. It’s called an arteriovenous malformation or AVM. She had probably had it from birth. There were no warning signs until it ruptured, causing a massive stroke.
There are two kinds of stroke: The more common ischemic stroke is caused by a clot that blocks blood flow to a part of the brain. Caroline’s was the less common hemorrhagic stroke, caused by the rupture of a blood vessel.
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Twenty-five percent of people who suffer a hemorrhagic stroke die, but Caroline was lucky. Surgeons at the Mayo Clinic were able to safely remove the AVM. Today, Caroline is 24 and a college graduate, but she carries the scars of that day.
“Everything moves a bit slower on my right side than my left side,” she says.
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