Married for 37 years, with four grown daughters, four grandchildren and a fifth on the way, the future looked bright for Lorna Battershill. In December 2009, her world was turned upside down. She was diagnosed with three brain aneurisms. “It’s like being told you have three ticking time bombs inside your head”, says Lorna.“I was terrified.”
In January 2010, Lorna underwent life-saving brain surgery at the University of Alberta Hospital. “I felt confident that I was receiving the best care possible but I didn’t know what to expect. When I woke up in recovery and I could see…I could talk…I could understand what was being said to me…the relief was unimaginable.”
Sophisticated microsurgical technology provided the skilled team at the University of Alberta Hospital with the tools they needed to ensure that Lorna made a full recovery.
A month after her surgery, her new grandson was born. “Being able to share this joy and many others in the years to come with my family and friends, is such a gift. I appreciate every single day.”
Continued advancements in neurosurgical technology offer great hope and ensure that more patients like Lorna will have happy endings.
Seated from left: Successful brain surgery patient, Lorna Battershill and her family, Reid Walker, Christine and Caleb Yamniuk. Standing from left: Lindsay Walker, Jeff Battershill, Alex Battershill. Absent: Sandra, Hunter, Tristan and Emerson Hillock.