Emily Sears (35) has an operation on her brain that no one wants. The Australian model was awake. Not only was she conscious, she also had to speak to the doctors. Now she reports on her experience on Instagram. The intervention took place last Thursday. However, she hesitated to write this post because the past year was difficult for her to put into words.
“In April of last year, I suddenly woke up in an ambulance and was taken to the hospital after a serious attack while shopping,” says Sears, who lives in Los Angeles. After a few examinations, the doctors could have determined what triggered the attack. They diagnose her with cavernomas. Cavernomas are vascular malformations, an accumulation of altered veins in the brain that can cause both bleeding in the brain and epileptic seizures.
«My whole life was put on hold»
Sears’ life changed abruptly: “From then on, my whole life was put on hold, from my working life to my social life, my relationship with my body and my identity,” said the influencer. The past year was a roller coaster ride. She had multiple seizures, medication side effects, and emotional stress. A life that Emily Sears no longer wanted to live like this.
So she decided to have surgery. Had she not done this, she would have had to take medication for the rest of her life, with no guarantee that the seizures would go away completely. But the medical intervention was not without. “Because the cavernoma was in the anterior left temporal lobe, the speech center of the human brain, I risked losing my ability to speak,” she explains. “That’s why I was awake during the operation.”
Sears had to speak to the doctors during the operation
She had had to speak so that the doctors could ensure that they did not remove any vital tissue together with the blood vessels. She remembered every moment she was awake. Two surgeons took care of the operation, one even waved to her. “It was as strange and surreal as it sounds!” She was so “humble and grateful” that she had access to health care and her illness could be cured. “I have a deeper respect for the human body, mind and soul,” said Sears.
Sears had no pain during the procedure, as she writes on Twitter. But what is left is a scar: “I have a huge horseshoe-shaped scar on my head, but it’s behind my hairline, so you can’t see it,” she reports. (bsn)