Ms. Doris Yaa Osei, A survivor of Brain Aneurysm Represent Ghana At The Fund Raising Program In The United States Of America Organized by the Lisa Foundation For Brain Aneurysms in 2016
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Ghana was established in Accra in 2014 as a nonprofit organization. The Foundation developed from a close relationship between a brain aneurysm survivor and professionals most of whom are retired from active service who identified the need for creating awareness of brain aneurysm in Ghana.
Brain aneurysms are a silent killer because most show no symptoms over time. Based on population the incidence of brain aneurysm in Ghana could be over 2,000 persons per annum. One hospital alone in the country recorded 43 deaths resulting from brain aneurysm in 2013. A ruptured brain aneurysm requires advanced neurosurgical treatment which is currently not available in Ghana. However, lives can be saved if people know the risks and signs of aneurysm and how to get help.
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The Founders' Story
I am Doris Yaa Osei, a Research Scientist with the Animal Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. On 29th July, 2013 I felt an excruciating pain in the left side of my head, and seconds later the pain had radiated to the back of my neck. All of a sudden my neck became stiff and I felt dizzy. I was rushed to a health facility and while receiving treatment in the emergency room I vomited profusely and the headache and stiffness in the neck got worse. I had a neck X-ray and head Computed Tomography (CT) scan on the following day. My condition stabilized and I was discharged three days later.
I felt unwell the next day, 2nd August 2013, and consulted Consultant Physician who suspected brain aneurysm and referred me to the 37 Military Hospital, Accra. I was admitted and had series of test including haematology and blood chemistry. I had a brain CT scan and received treatment for severe neck, head and ocular pains. My condition again stabilized and on 16th August, 2013 I was discharge home to continue treatment.