Friends, Teammates Call for Support of Softball Player Who Suffered Brain Aneurysm

 – May 27, 2015  –– 

Friends and teammates of a California softball player who has been on life support since suffering a brain aneurysm on the field Saturday continue to spread awareness by using the hashtag #PrayforDana on social media. Dana Housley, 15, was up at bat for the California Thunder in Fontana when she suddenly complained of dizziness to her coach, Angelo Michaels. Unbeknownst to those around her, Housley was suffering from a ruptured brain aneurysm, a type of stroke that can be difficult for an onlooker to identify. The tricky part about treating an aneurysm is that often they are detected incidentally while examining something else, Carolyn Brockington, MD, director of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai St Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital told  Because symptoms typically do not present themselves until after the aneurysm bursts, there are no warning signs for doctors to look for. “We don’t treat all aneurysms, but there’s a concern when it’s a rupture,” said Brockington, who is not involved in Housley’s treatment.

-Dr. Carolyn Brockington, Director, The Stroke Center, Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

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