Some aneurysm cases, such as Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, put an international spotlight on the condition. Others, such as LVHN patient Silvia Buceta of Stroudsburg, have a more local impact. Both have shared information that can save lives.
Clarke, in a first-person story in The New Yorker in 2019, relayed her fight to return to acting after her first burst aneurysm in 2011 in London at just 24 years old and a second in 2013 in New York. Buceta, an active grandmother, suffered her burst aneurysm in 2021. After initial treatment at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, Buceta was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. Her recovery there was so rapid, she was discharged directly home two weeks later. Both women beat the odds in different ways.
Clarke, in her first ruptured aneurysm, and Buceta in 2021, underwent coil embolization, a minimally invasive neuroradiological technique that involves inserting a catheter through the groin and threading it into the blood vessels in the brain. Platinum coils, about the thickness of a human hair, are packed into the aneurysm to prevent rebleeding.
Walter Jean, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery for Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute, says LVHN offers world-class expertise for brain aneurysm treatment. “Time is brain, and our highly-trained teams are the foundation for the best possible outcomes,” he says. “Couple that with our comprehensive stroke center and you have a powerful combination that truly benefits our communities.”