Our prayers go out to the family of Lee Broadway, a North Carolina mother of four, who died suddenly after complaining of a severe migraine. The migraine actually came from a brain aneurysm, but since she had a history of migraines, she was not alarmed by the one that ended her life. The family never knew it was an aneurysm until she arrived at the hospital.
She leaves behind four children, ages 8, 10, 10, and 22 as well as her husband, who was her high school sweetheart. Her children are shocked by the event, saying they never thought that this would be the last time they saw her, noting that she was always a prominent figure during their upbringing.
From Fox News:
According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, while unruptured brain aneurysms are typically asymptomatic, large, unruptured aneurysms can occasionally press on the brain or the nerves stemming out of the brain and cause various symptoms. Patients experiencing localized headache, dilated pupils, blurred or double vision, pain above and behind the eye, weakness and numbness or difficulty speaking should seek immediate care.
Patients who experience a sudden, severe headache, loss of consciousness, nausea/vomiting, sudden blurred or double vision, stiff neck, sudden pain above/behind the eye or difficulty seeing, sudden change in mental status, trouble walking or dizziness, weakness and numbness, sensitivity to light, seizure or drooping eyelid may be suffering from symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm and should seek immediate medical attention.
According to the foundation, there are various risk factors associated with brain aneurysms, including smoking, high blood pressure, family history, age, gender, drug use, infection, traumatic head injury, tumors and other disorders.