SNI Patient Stories

Michelle

Moyamoya Disease

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Brianne Cassidy

Stroke

The last thing 24-year old Brianne Cassidy had on her mind was the possibility of having a stroke. But that’s exactly what happened after she took a particularly hard hit on the water in a tubing mishap. A team of neuroscience specialists, including Drs. Tom Kushner, Yince Loh and Stephen Monteith successfully employed a combination of clot-busting drugs and medical devices to remove the clot, averting what could’ve been a very bad outcome.

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Learn more about the TeleStroke program

Shirley Cogswell

Spine Surgery: Meningioma

As an avid 75-year-old tennis player, Shirley was amazed when sudden sharp pain in her back turned out to be a benign spine tumor. In a painstaking 7-hour surgery, Dr. Rod Oskouian literally did take the pain away.

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Learn more about spine tumor treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Brian Nelson

Brain Tumor: Glioblastoma

Just before his 50th birthday, a trip to the ER led to the discovery of a brain tumor. After two surgeries, Dr. Charles Cobbs recommended experimental treatment of an anti-viral drug — and it’s working.

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Learn more about the Ivy Center and the treatment of brain tumors at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute

David Erickson

Epilepsy

After a lifetime of debilitating epileptic seizures and mostly ineffective medications, David met with Dr. Michael Doherty, who made a surprising recommendation: brain surgery. Four years later, David is seizure-free.

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Learn more about epilepsy treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Kippen Westphal

Brain Tumor: Meningioma

Kippen’s benign tumor had been removed at another hospital years ago in a 10-hour surgery. When it came back, she stayed out of the OR and saw Dr. Sandra Vermeulen, and received a series of brief, painless CyberKnife treatments instead.

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Learn more about CyberKnife radiosurgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Helen Donnelly Goehring

Subdural Hematoma

After traveling around Rome, Assisi and New York, Helen Donnelly Goehring was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. Before her surgery, the anesthesiologist wrapped her hand with gauze so she could keep her rosary, that had just been blessed by Pope Francis,  with her through the surgery. Thanks to her neurosurgical team, Helen came through with flying colors.

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