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
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.
more about Ashly’s story at UPMC Neurosurgery