Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patient Makes Speedy Recovery

Marlene Cajamarca, 40, arrived at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2009 and was gravely ill with a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

New York, NY
 – September 7, 2010  –– 

Marlene Cajamarca, 40, arrived at The Mount Sinai Medical Center last summer with a subarachnoid hemorrhage — a type of stroke that occurs when a blood vessel ruptures in the brain. She was gravely ill, on a ventilator, and unable to move her left side at all. Her brain was swelling, putting pressure on her skull. 

To accommodate this swelling, Mount Sinai neurosurgeons removed part of her skull. The endovascular team, under the leadership of Aman Patel, MD, successfully used a coil to treat her aneurysm, and they later performed angioplasty when the blood vessel constricted (vasospasm). 

After two weeks in the neuro-ICU and three weeks in acute rehabilitation, Ms. Cajamarca was allowed to go home. She returned to the neuro-ICU in September, however — this time for a social visit to show just how far she had come in three short months.

“I would like to thank everybody for taking such good care of me at Mount Sinai,” Ms. Cajamarca said. “Thank you so much for saving my life.”

We can help

If you or someone you love has suffered a stroke or other type of cerebrovascular disorder, we can help. Please visit the Mount Sinai Cerebrovascular Disorders Clinical Program or our Neuro-Critical Care Unit for more information. Visit our Stories of Hope for more insights on the Mount Sinai experience.