Hope Stories

Amber's Story: Ruptured Aneurysm

The only visible sign of Amber Gray’s ordeal is the long slender scar that runs along her forearm. It is the area where a surgeon carefully removed her radial artery, which was needed to bypass a damaged artery in her brain. Read More » 

David’s Story: Stroke

A few years ago, on a day that had begun like any other, David stood up to leave a restaurant following lunch and was hit by a gentle wave of dizziness. Unaware that he was suffering a stroke, David took a deep breath and kept walking toward his car. “It came on slowly,” David recalls. “But by the time I got to my car my legs and arms had stopped functioning properly. I climbed into the back seat, thinking it would subside. But it didn’t subside.” Read More » 

Leah's Story: Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)

Leah is a college freshman who sings, dances, and plays the guitar. She is also a four-year survivor of an arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

It is rare for someone Leah’s age to have had an AVM, an abnormal tangle of blood vessels in the brain or spine that can cause devastating effects if it begins to bleed. Most likely the AVM had existed in Leah’s brain for many years, perhaps for most of her young life. She was fortunate to have received superb health care from doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and from Dr. Andrew Ringer, a Mayfield Clinic neurosurgeon affiliated with The Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cincinnati and University Hospital. Read More »

Jeff's Story: Ruptured Aneurysm

Jeff’s remarkable story has two parts: recovery and reconstruction.  He doesn’t remember the first part -- the recovery from a ruptured aneurysm.  But he vividly remembers the second part -- the reconstruction of his airway. Read More »

Renee’s Story: Stroke

When 33-year-old high energy mother Renee Young became ill with the flu in November 2007, the last thing she expected was she was about to suffer a stroke. But that was exactly what happened. Read More »