by: Alyssa Thompson
My family and I will always hold Bronson and all the staff close to our hearts. They were truly our angels in a serious emergency situation.
I was 36 weeks pregnant and on bed rest for high blood pressure when I woke up feeling sick in March 2010. I had vomitted and passed out. My husband quickly took me to Labor and Delivery at Bronson.
Dr. Tempest Allen, the OBGYN on call, responded very quickly to the symptoms I was having. She performed an ultrasound determining that baby was in good health. Due to the headache I was complaining about, she ordered a CT Scan and MRI and found that I was suffering from a brain hemorrhage. Many many doctors and nurses from the Neurosciences team, along with Dr. Robert Austin, a high-risk pregnancy doctor as well as Dr. Allen, quickly gathered around me to discuss the order of procedures that would take place.
My husband said it was amazing how many doctors responded within minutes. All of the sudden they were lined up, all explaining their roles and drawing pictures to help my family understand what was happening so they could quickly make the best decisions.
Dr.Fabi immediately started an extra-ventricular drain to relieve some of the pressure in my brain. Dr. Austin then performed an emergency C-section. My new baby girl Makenna was safely delivered. The final step was an endovascular coiling procedure performed by Dr. Noonan to stop blood flow to the aneurysm.
I remember waking up after two surgeries and many procedures. I was completely confused and had no idea what was happening. All the nurses were fantastic, comforting me and explaining to me everything that was going on. They set up a webcam into the NICU so I could watch my new baby.
I truly cannot say enough good things about all of the nurses and doctors. They all took such good care of me as well as everyone in my family. They were continously communicating with my husband and family members on updates and explained everything very thoroughly. They were all very compassionate and professional. I spent 16 days in ICU and I remember telling plenty of nurses and doctors “Thank you for taking such good care of me,” and every single one of their responses was the same. They would say, “I just love what I do!” That was very evident in all of their actions. All of the nurses and doctors that we had experience with showed such deep concern and care for myself and my family. In fact, one of my family members that spent a great deal of time at the hospital during our stay was noticing how every staff member loved their job so much and was so happy, he applied to be a volunteer at Bronson (he is under 18) and he is now working as a volunteer and loving the volunteer program at Bronson.
I was definitely in the right place. The team was amazing and I donâ€™t know that I would have been as well taken care of if I had been anywhere else. Bronson has been and always will be our hospital. Thank you Bronson for saving my life and my baby’s life!!!