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Health Matters: Providence Mission Hospital | 3 A Swing and Then Silence A brain aneurysm leads to two months of care and recovery. A fter 40 years of teaching, Maryly LeVeque had embraced retirement and enjoyed playing golf twice a week at El Niguel Country Club. She was warming up for a round of golf in January 2020 when she experienced a severe headache. LeVeque, age 70 at the time, suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm rupture and slumped to the ground, golf club in hand. That began a two-month journey to regain her health. LeVeque attributes her successful recovery to a savvy golf course employee and the expert care she received at Providence Mission Hospital. Jerome Thormann, an assistant golf pro, was the first to come to LeVeque's aid. "She was breathing, and we were able to make eye contact," Thormann recalls. He instructed someone to call 911. Aneurysms occur when a blood vessel in the brain weakens and bursts, creating a brain bleed that can cause death or long-term disability. At Providence Mission, LeVeque was stabilized before Vikas Rao, MD, performed a minimally invasive endovascular coiling surgery to force the aneurysm to clot and stop the bleed. LeVeque was then transferred to the surgical intensive care unit for two weeks. "Patients are at the center of our care," says Diana D. Tai, nurse practitioner for stroke and neurology. "Our collaborative efforts across various specialties allow us to support post-stroke healing. Experiencing such a life-altering event requires a team approach to recovery. We celebrate milestones and address setbacks. Any progress when dealing with stroke is a win." By using the latest techniques and therapies in neuroscience, Providence Mission is able to offer the most comprehensive and advanced neurological care in the region, earning the highest distinctions in Orange County. The hospital has been designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and a stroke-neurology receiving center by Orange County Emergency Medical Services. Providence Mission also earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "When I first met Maryly and her family in the ER that day, she was in bad shape," says Dr. Rao. "Our team of doctors, nurses and caregivers got her through what likely would have been a fatal brain bleed. After her initial hospitalization, she had to learn how to walk and speak again, which she did with the help of the physical therapists and speech therapists in our Acute Rehabilitation Unit. Now, over a year later, she is back to normal. Maryly made an incredible recovery because of the great team at Providence Mission." LeVeque is back on the course again, where she recently saw Thormann. "That was the closure I needed—to see her playing golf again," he says. Meanwhile, the Dana Point woman says she has developed a new appreciation for having top-of-the-line neurological care available just a few miles from her home. "The care team was so phenomenal at Providence Mission. They were encouraging, friendly and kind—and I know that made all the difference in my recovery." A free webinar, "Stroke of Genius! Ways to Prevent Ischemic Strokes," presented by Basit Rahim, MD, will be held Sept. 13. To sign up, go to Golf pro Jerome Thormann was the first to attend to Maryly LeVeque after she suffered an aneurysm at El Niguel Country Club.

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