When James collapsed at school one morning, his family received the shocking news that he had a ruptured aneurysm in the brain, which required surgery.
“I was shocked more than anything. The thing that hit us most was when one of the neurosurgeons told us that he would be in the intensive care unit for the next month. We were not prepared,” Anne said.
There were no signs or symptoms beforehand that James had anything wrong with his brain. He was healthy and had never had headaches. He had no genetic predispositions that they were aware of.
But their previously healthy son had brain surgery scheduled for the next morning.