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Ashly's Beach Vacation Gone Wrong

Ashly is an active 24-year-old who enjoys running and spending time with her friends. Instead of soaking up the sun on a recent trip to Ocean City, she was life-flighted to a nearby hospital.  A severe headache was causing her to become paralyzed.

 Doctors diagnosed Ashly with a hemorrhage in her brain stem, but felt it was too risky to operate.

Ashly was placed in a rehabilitation program in Johnstown, Pa.  However, after several weeks of rehab, her condition was worsening. A neurosurgeon referred her to the Neurosurgery Department at UPMC.

The team at UPMC determined that Ashly was suffering from a complex disorder called cavernous malformation. Luckily — using high definition fiber tracking​ from the University of Pittsburgh — they were able to view the detailed wiring of her brain. This allowed them to safely operate. 

Noticeable improvements were almost immediate as Ashly began to regain functions that had been damaged by the hemorrhage. Although she still has a long road to recover, Ashly remains hopeful and is grateful for the progress she has already made following her surgery at UPMC.

Read more about Ashly’s story at UPMC Neurosurgery 

Trick-Or-Treat with UPMC

Halloween is a time of year where many children dress up in their favorite costumes and go trick-or-treating. While the goal for most kids is to get as much candy as possible, it’s important to know how much is too much. It’s also good to know where the candy is coming from.

UPMC HealthBeat provides you with several tips to help your child have a wonderful and safe Halloween:

UPMC Provides Advanced Wound Healing Treatments

Non-healing wounds are serious and deserve the best care. UPMC has advanced wound treatments and with six facilities with state-of-the-art facilities, we can treat an array of conditions

We also have a team of caring wound healing experts, plastic and orthopaedic surgeons, and podiatrists.

If you have a wound that has not healed by 50 percent in four weeks, schedule an appointment at one of our wound healing locations today.

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