When a thirty-nine year old mother arrived in Dubai for a planned holiday with her husband and two kids, little did she know she was going to be admitted to Al Zahra Hospital for a major emergency brain surgery saving her from a life-threatening ruptured aneurysm.
On the same day of her arrival in Dubai, and after checking into her hotel, Lyndsey suffered from a strong headache and an unbearable neck pain. “The amazing medical team at my hotel, Atalantis, knew something was clearly wrong, so they rushed me to the nearest hospital and for my good luck it was Al Zahra Hospital Dubai (AZHD),” the patient stated. The British mother went to the Emergency Room (ER) at AZHD where they immediately conducted a brain CT scan revealing rare subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) and a subsequent hydrocephalus—meaning her brain was not able to deal with the excess fluid it had produced.
Dr. Mohamed Khamis, ICU Specialist at AZHD, and the patient’s primary care physician, ordered an urgent CT brain angiography which showed Basilar Artery Aneurysm. “Basilar Artery Aneurysm happens when there's a weak spot in an artery that leads to the formation of an outward, balloon-shaped bulge. As the aneurysm grows, the artery wall can further weaken and burst, which can lead to a life-threatening hemorrhagic stroke,” according to Dr. Khamis.
With a severe increase in her high blood pressure and a deteriorating conscious level, the patient was admitted to the ICU for a crucial control of her symptoms. She was, then, moved to a Catheter Lab for emergency Interventional Coiling of the aneurysm under sedation.
and ventilation by Dr. Ayman Sibae, Consultant Interventional Radiology at AZHD. On the same day, Dr. Sebouh Kassis, AZHD’s Neurosurgeon Specialist performed surgical insertion of External Ventricular Drain (EVD) and Intra-cranial pressure monitoring device under general anesthesia. EVD is both diagnostic and therapeutic procedure, and life-saving to patients suffering from hydrocephalus.
We had to have Ms. Lyndsey under close Hemodynamic and neurological monitoring to control the brain pressure and blood pressure. We also monitored her breathing on the ventilator,” explained Dr. Khamis. After ten days of high level of ICU care, she was safely transferred to a medical ward under the supervision of Dr. Ceaser, her Neurology Consultant at AZHD. Following the stabilization of her case, she was cleared for discharge—which was great news for Lyndsey and her family.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better medical team to take care of me during such an emergency. I will never forget what the medical team did to me. My doctors made the right decisions at the right time with a team of fantastic people to operate on my brain and stop my bleeding.
The ICU nurses brightened my long boring days with their care and compassion. What remarkable doctors you have in Dubai! Al Zahra Hospital Dubai should be really proud of its highly qualified medical team. I am very grateful to Al Zahra Hospital Dubai be alive and with my family today, Lindsey expressed.