Woman’s headache was actually severe brain injury that needed 10 hour surgery

Woman’s headache was actually severe brain injury that needed 10 hour surgery


A woman's simple headache was actually a brain injury that needed a 10 HOUR surgery to treat.

Zoe Roberts, 34, started suffering with a headache while on her way to meet friends at the pub.

Thinking it was just headache, Zoe, from Somerset, took tablets in the hope it would clear up.

But when she reached the pub car park, the pain had escalated to the point she was unable to get out of the car and couldn't see her phone screen, reports Somerset Live .

Describing the terrifying ordeal, Zoe said: "I had a little bit of a headache but I didn't think anything of it – I just took some tablets.

"But, then I started feeling really sick and really cold.

"I parked outside the pub – and I couldn't get out of the car.

"I couldn't use my phone; I couldn't see the screen.

"I just about sent a message to a friend and they managed to find me."

Ms Roberts was rushed off to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where she was told she had arteriovenous malformations (AVM).

"I hadn't heard about it before," she said.

"It's a big knot of blood vessels in your head.

"It caused huge pressure and a haemorrhage."

Zoe needed an operation to fix the problem, going under the knife for 10 hours.

She said: "They couldn't tell me how long it was going to be. I went in at 6am.

"When I came out I had 44 staples in my head."

Ms Roberts was discharged from the intensive care unit and, eventually, the hospital after a number of days.

But she soon started having seizures and was taking up to 38 tablets over a 24-hour period.

Some seizures lasted for half an hour, while others were much shorter.

"I had a mixed bag [of tablets]," she said.

"Painkillers, general things for the blood vessels."

"I was having 10-20 seizures a day.

"I had this feeling that would come over me.

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