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Retired Police Officer recovers from brain aneurysm thanks to The Walton Centre

3 weeks ago

Retired Police Officer recovers from brain aneurysm thanks to The Walton Centre
Dave Smith. Image provided by The Walton Centre

In October 2022, Dave Smith, a retired police officer, found himself facing a life-threatening situation when he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm while watching a live rugby match.

At 56 years old, Dave suddenly experienced double vision and unsteadiness on his feet, prompting swift action from those around him.

Rushed to A&E and initially suspected to have had a stroke, further testing revealed the true cause: a ruptured aneurysm. Dave was swiftly transferred to The Walton Centre for emergency surgery.

Dave Smith said:

“I was chatting with pals about the match, when suddenly I felt as though I was looking through a kaleidoscope. The club doctor had a look at me and called for an ambulance.

“They told me I would need emergency surgery, to deal with the bleed. I had a procedure where the aneurysm was ‘coiled’ – everything was explained to me in a calm and reassuring manner which put me at ease.”

Endovascular coiling is when tiny platinum coils are placed inside the vessel in the brain causing the bleed. This then prevents the vessel from growing or rupturing further.  

When Dave woke up from his procedure, he said he felt surprisingly good. He had no head pain or sickness after the treatment but was experiencing fatigue and sight problems.

The Walton Centre NHS
The Walton Centre NHS

Dave said:

“I felt brilliant after the procedure. The only thing I was left with though was double vision, this worried me as I didn’t know whether I would be able to be as active. There was no guarantee that the double vision would correct itself, so that was my only concern.”

Thankfully, the double vision began to disappear.

Dave explained:

“Before the aneurysm, I was cycling 200 miles per week and I’m an avid walker and hill climber. My biggest fear was that I would not be able to return to this level of fitness. It’s been an interesting year and a half, but I am finally back to the level I was before the aneurysm. I couldn’t be happier.”

Dave, now 58, will continue to have yearly check-ups and scans at The Walton Centre to monitor his progress.

Dave expressed his gratitude to The Walton Centre saying:

“I have nothing but praise for the people in the NHS. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful for the amazing staff at the hospital for their exceptional care.”

Find out more about The Walton Centre here.

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