The headache of a 34-year-old healthy woman was actually a massive cerebral hemorrhage caused by a rare congenital vascular anomaly that led to a brief memory loss.
Sidney Hirsch, 34, of Chicago, suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage on April 20 due to an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), while her partner, Michael Wetmore, and her dogs drove to their parents in Michigan City Indiana.
According to their GoFundMe page, the only sign of trouble was the onset of a "harmless headache."
Sidney Hirsch, 34 (center), was on her way to her Parental weekend when she complained of a headache and then suffered severely from cerebral hemorrhage
"We talked, she joked some jokes – she was just her," Wetmore told the people who drove the couple to Indiana.
Just 20 minutes after the onset of the headache, Wetmore wrote, Hirsch was in an ambulance and did not respond, fighting for her life.
A CT scan in an emergency room showed hemorrhages in the right hemisphere, so she had to be taken to another hospital for surgery.
The bleeding was apparently so severe that ER doctors said there was a possibility that she would not make it through the escape.
Hirsch not only survived the flight, but she also made it from an 11-hour brain operation the next day and is on the long road to recovery.
Wetmore said that Hirsch had made "notable improvements" in the first few days since the operation and had since been removed from the ventilator to speak and recognize her relatives.
"To date, there have been 50 first dates," Wetmore said of Hirsch's inability to remember recent events. He likened it to the 2004 film in which Drew Barrymore played the role of a woman with short-term memory loss, all of which was courted by Adam Sandler's character.
Wetmore described Hirsch as "a calm and determined fighter" who has defeated "every opportunity".
Wetmore said that Hirsch's short-term memory was affected and that "a lot of it has to do with the fluid" in her brain, which has to drain.
The left side of Hirsch's body is said to have been most damaged by the bleeding, which is difficult for her because she is left-handed.
. The CT scan of Hirsch's emergency room showed bleeding in the right hemisphere. She was then taken to another hospital for surgery.
Hirsch drove her partner, Michael Wetmore (pictured: Hirsch) To her parents' home, a GoFundMe set up to raise money for their protracted recovery bills
Hirsch has undergone an 11-hour surgery and is on the way rest. She has sustained damage to the left side of the body and has a short-term memory loss
AVM – as the innate interconnecting vessel of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain – was one of the rarest cases imaginable. Idea – it had it, Wetmore told People.
By de His congenital abnormality is said to affect less than one percent of the population, and of this small number, only two to four percent of people with AVM experience who were affected by bleeding bleed, Wetmore wrote about GoFundMe.
Hirsch is still in The neurosurgical intensive care unit is expected to stay there until the fluid in her brain drains off. It is claimed that her recovery process is a "matter of months and years, not days and weeks", so Wetmore collects money for her expensive treatment and recovery bills.
As an independent contractor, Hirsch, the co-founder of Healing Heels, a company that produces footwear and sells to women undergoing cancer treatment, has to pay for their own insurance.
If she is released from intensive care, she will need to be in hospital for four weeks, which will cost $ 7,000 a day.
Wetmore hopes to raise $ 250,000 for her care. So far, more than $ 60,200 has been donated.
"We do not know what the world will look like for her, but with her help, we can give her the support she needs to overcome AVM and start this new chapter strongly," Wetmore wrote.
He told PEOPLE that he would "do everything possible to look after her in the best possible way, that she would recover," and found that he declined to do so much less than Hirsch.