Lisa Burke UGA student suffers brain hemorrhage during Mexico spring break as fundraiser brings her back to US for treatment surveillance.
Not out of the woodworks yet… A female college senior from North Carolina was forced to return to the U.S after suffering a brain hemorrhage while on spring break in Mexico. The incident necessitated the girl having to undergo emergency surgery to remove part of her skull before being flown back to Florida (where family live) for follow up treatment.
Lisa Burke, a student at the University of Georgia, was on a trip to Cabo San Lucas with a group of friends when she complained of a headache at breakfast Friday, according to a GoFundMe page.
‘She started to have a headache so she said, ‘I’m going to go back to the room to lay down and take some medicine,’’ family friend and GoFundme organizer, Jennifer Ritter told WSB-TV.
‘Her friends went back later to check on her and they couldn’t wake her up,’ Ritter said.
The Asheville native was rushed to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of blood vessels that irregularly connect arteries and veins, disrupting blood and oxygen flow.
Fundraiser raises $138K to bring student back to USA
According to Ritter, Burke apparently had had the abnormality since birth.
Burke underwent emergency surgery to remove part of her skull and was placed on life support, WSB-TV reported.
With the help of the more than $138,000 raised, she was placed on a medical flight on Tuesday and returned to the US, where she was transported to Jacksonville, Florida, where her mother lives, and is being treated at the Mayo Clinic.
‘The doctors there were so caring and really wanted to get her back to the States because they felt that is where she was going to have the best care,’ mom Laura McKeithan told WSB-TV.
‘Somehow, my friends were able to make enough calls and use the power of mamas to get her back,’ she said, adding that her daughter has a long road ahead to recovery but has managed to squeeze her hand.
McKeithan said her daughter is breathing on her own but still uses a ventilator to keep her airway clear.
‘(She is) nothing short of a miracle. We are told to take things one day at a time and not get our hopes too high, but to have plenty of hope,’ the hopeful mother said.