• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Overcoming an aneurysm with a new tool

July 8, 2018

Told that no treatment was available for her brain aneurysm, Judy Henderson sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. Her care team deployed an innovative device that effectively treated the aneurysm, giving Judy a fresh opportunity to live life to the fullest.

When Judy Henderson woke up one morning with blurry vision while on vacation in April 2017, she thought she might be going blind. But she couldn't get in for an appointment with an ophthalmologist for four days. By then, her vision was back to normal. Before she and her husband flew home to Cincinnati, however, her vision became blurry again. As soon as she got back, Judy made an appointment with a local eye doctor, who said her eyes were fine.

Judy pursued more evaluation until the source of her vision problem was revealed: a complex brain aneurysm. Local doctors told Judy there was nothing they could do. Unwilling to leave it at that, Judy traveled to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. The neurosurgeons she met with saw a way forward. They were confident a device recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could work for Judy. And they were right. Today Judy's aneurysm is a thing of the past, and she's grateful for the chance to enjoy the years ahead.

"Every day I wake up, I thank God for my life and my vision," Judy says. "I have a whole new perspective on life. I'm not going to work as hard. I'm going to enjoy life and my family. That's what life is all about." Read the rest of Judy's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.