It was a typical Sunday. Josh Glazer had just put his two-year-old daughter, Maddie, down for a nap when the headache hit him.
"It felt odd, like blood was rushing to the back of my head," says 34-year-old Josh. "And my left eye got very blurry."
He called his wife, Jodie, who urged him to call 9-1-1. Luckily, Josh listened. Within three minutes, he was unconscious and being rushed by ambulance to nearby Northwest Community Hospital.
While an EMT stayed with Maddie, Josh underwent a CT scan of his brain in NCH's emergency room. The test result was unmistakable: It was a cerebral hemorrhage—bleeding in the brain. The ER doctor immediately called neurosurgeon Dr. Mina Foroohar, who arrived at the hospital within minutes.
"I quickly ordered more detailed diagnostic tests to find out exactly what was going on," says Dr. Foroohar.
What she found were two life-threatening blood vessel ruptures in Josh's brain. And she wasted no time. Dr. Foroohar rushed him to the OR, where she performed a four-hour surgery to stop both the bleeding and swelling in Josh's brain.
The next morning, Dr. Ali Shaibani performed a minimally invasive procedure to permanently seal a damaged vessel and prevent any further bleeding.
Five days later, Josh left the hospital and was thrilled to be back with his family. "Maddie was so happy to have her daddy home," says Josh. "The doctors at NCH saved my life, and I'll be forever grateful to them."
Jodie Glazer, who is expecting the couple's second child, couldn't agree more. In fact, she wrote a thank you letter to Dr. Foroohar and the rest of the NCH staff.
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Josh suffered two life-threatening problems. The first was an acute subdural hematoma (SDH), a blood clot which caused bleeding between the brain itself and the tough outer covering that protects it. The second was dural arteriovenous (AV) fistula, a break between a cerebral artery and vein that caused bleeding inside Josh's brain.
To repair the subdural hematoma, Dr. Fohoorar performed emergency surgery to remove the clot, repair the damage and drain the excess blood that was causing Josh's brain to swell.
The next morning, Dr. Ali Shaibani, the director of NCH's NeuroInterventional Surgery/Stroke Program, performed a sophisticated neurointerventional procedure to treat the fistula by plugging the vessel to prevent any further bleeding within Josh's brain.