WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.
Feb. 20, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- LaToya Wright is living proof of the lifesaving capabilities of the Kennedy Neuroscience Center of
Southern New Jersey
. Not only did the craniotomy she underwent at Kennedy –
in April save LaToya's life, it also saved the life of her unborn baby, who was delivered in
, five months after the 25-plus hour-long procedure.
Wright's medical miracle unfolded in an unusual way, when she experienced extreme headaches and morning sickness unlike the pregnancy with her first child. On
, 2012, Wright suffered from a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which causes blood to hemorrhage into the brain with potentially devastating consequences (an approximate 30% mortality rate during pregnancy).
"I felt like my ears and eyes were bleeding; it was like I was having head contractions – I can't even describe it," she recalled. "I tried to stand up but couldn't get my bearings; I was walking into walls."
Wright was quickly assessed with a CT scan, which showed the apparent AVM and hemorrhage. She then was sent by helicopter to meet neurosurgeon Anil Nair, MD, who performed a 25-plus hour-long surgery on Wright. Because of her case's complexity and the significant radiation exposure to her unborn baby Kennedy, Wright had the conventional open surgery performed that involved a team of neurosurgeons and a dedicated Neuro OR team and support personnel.
went back to work in August and delivered
Kennedy Simone Wright
– named after the hospital -- by c-section on
, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces. While LaToya will need to be on anti-seizure medicine for life, she considers that a small price to pay for the gift of her health and her healthy baby. For more information about Kennedy Health System, visit
SOURCE Kennedy Health System