GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A mother is enjoying time with her new baby boy after doctors say she beat all odds, surviving an aneurysm while pregnant and making a full recovery. According to Spectrum Health, half of patients who suffer an aneurysm don’t survive, and most who do survive never return to full health.
Anna Weeber of Michigan is the proud mom of 4-week-old Hudson and 2-year-old Declan. She recently reunited with the doctor who saved her, Dr. Justin Singer of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.
“I’m so excited,” Anna said, according to an article posted by Spectrum Health. “This is the guy that saved my life and my baby’s life.”
According to People, when Anna was just 26 weeks pregnant, she suffered a blinding headache while preparing to go out on a bike ride with her husband and her son. The pain was so bad that she started vomiting.
As her husband, Nate, called 911, she realized she couldn’t feel the left side of her body.
“From that moment on, I don’t remember anything,” said Anna.
When she arrived at the hospital, doctors performed tests and soon identified a ruptured brain aneurysm. An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel balloons in the brain. When it ruptures, the vessel pops, and could cause a life-threatening stroke.
Dr. Singer felt moved by Anna’s case, because his own wife was 24 weeks pregnant at the time.
Anna underwent surgery and spent weeks in the hospital for observation and recovery. Amazingly, she suffered no complications after the aneurysm.
Last month, she and her husband welcomed their 9-pound baby boy.
“After Hudson was first born, he and I would make eye contact when I was holding him and I would just start crying,” Anna said. “We had both been through so much, and I felt like he knew that.”
When the family reunited with Dr. Singer, his eyes welled up with tears.
“I didn’t expect to feel so emotional,” said Dr. Singer. “This is fantastic…it makes me feel good.”
Anna and Nate credit her excellent recovery to the doctors who cared for her and the power of prayer. According to Spectrum Health, Nate put out a prayer request on Facebook when his wife first fell ill.
“People all around the world were praying for us,” said Nate.