UI Health Brain Aneurysm Survivor: Todd Shelton

UI Health Brain Aneurysm Survivor: Todd Shelton


My name is Todd Shelton and I’m a brain
aneurysm survivor. Day of my aneurysm, we just come home from vacation, later in
the day I met my mother and my father to take him to a doctor’s appointment that
he had. I was helping them. Had my aneurysm ruptured at that time and I had no sign
that it happened other than I started to feel dizzy and it felt as though someone
to turn on the water spigot in my head wasn’t until I actually bent over and
blacked out that I realized something was wrong but I certainly never
considered that I had a serious event like an aneurysm So after the second
cat scan the head of Neurology from the local community hospital came to see me
and tell me that I had a ruptured aneurysm in that it was a serious event
I was fortunate to be alive and conscious at that point. He also shared
that he was transferring me to UI Health and that they’d be heli-flighting
me so that I could have surgery the next morning with the department chair Dr.
Charbel. When asked him why, he said the quality of care of at UI Health was so
much better that the surgery something they perform on a regular basis that
these are the best surgeons in the area and that after the surgery the neuro
intensive care unit was a quality level that was so much better than I could get
anyplace else that I was fortunate to be in the Chicago metro area. It took some time to get back up to speed, but to be sixty days after a major event, and able to do my
full job and be able to look forward to a full and long fulfilling career. I
think about how fortunate I and my family are to have had the quality of
care from someone like doctor Charbel. We feel lucky to have been treated by
someone who truly is a world leader in his field. We owe our appreciation to what they do every day and that they really do keep families
together and that I’ll get to see my children grow. I’ll hopefully live to old age with wife and I’ll walk my children down the aisle that’s not something that probably would
have happened if the quality of care I got at UI Health from the surgeons in the care staff.

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