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A Working Mother

When a headache turned from painful to unbearable, Donna was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for an aneurysm. There, she found out she was a good candidate for a less-invasive procedure called endovascular coiling, which has a high rate of success. 

Donna Hoskins was 34, a mother of four from Middletown, Ohio, and attending nursing school at Miami University. All in all, her life was fairly typical of most working mothers today. One Sunday she had spent the day at her daughter's basketball tournament. After a prolonged stay in a loud gym, she didn't think much of the headache she had when she left. 

At about 6 p.m. that evening, she headed to her uncle's machine shop in Middletown to do some bookkeeping for him. Alone in the shop, as she typed at the computer, her headache turned from painful to unpredictable. The pain surged through her head like nothing she had ever felt. There was also a strange pressure on the back of her neck.

Her first thought was that something had slipped out of place in her neck. But the pain got worse. She called her husband, Shawn, who rushed her to the local hospital. The physician immediately spotted bleeding in an artery that supplies blood to the brain, a common spot for aneurysms to develop. She felt she was in shock, but still had the sense of mind to ask to be transferred to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Donna didn't realize the severity until CareFlight was called and she saw her husband Shawn was so visibly shaken. Once at Miami Valley Hospital, the radiologists using the latest equipment were immediately able to spot the aneurysm and call in Dr. William Protzer, Dayton's only interventional neuroradiologist. He determined that Donna was a good candidate for a less-invasive procedure called endovascular coiling, which has a high rate of success. The traditional method of treating an aneurysm involves removing part of the skull. With endovascular coiling, a platinum coil was directed into a catheter in an artery in Donna's leg.

During the process, Dr. Protzer had a view of the aneurysm from different angles and even inside the sac. Improved coiling technology and imaging allows physicians to guide the coil for minimal irritation of other healthy tissue. The coil creates a clot that blocks the aneurysm. This procedure is being performed only at Miami Valley Hospital.

Donna recovered completely after a week of being closely monitored in Miami Valley Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. She graduated and now works as a nurse. 

Content Updated: December 5, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Diagnostics & Imaging Services.
Diagnostics and Imaging - Breast Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Greenville
742 Sweitzer St. Suite 3 Greenville, OH  45331
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Suite 140 and 215 Huber Heights, OH  45424
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center
One Wyoming St. Suite 4120 Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Suite 100 Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South Breast Center
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Suite 200 Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
2619 Commons Blvd. Suite 102 Beavercreek, OH  45431
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Diagnostics and Imaging in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
Diagnostics and Imaging in Springboro
630 N. Main St. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging on Needmore
1530 Needmore Rd. Suite 301 Dayton, OH  45414
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