Suffering a Brain Aneurysm-Mary Staggs Shares Her Story of Recovery and Strength

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

As she sat at home with her husband not long after Christmas, Mary suddenly felt something warm come up her spine. She immediately knew something was very wrong. She was able to tell her husband to call an ambulance, and that is the last thing she remembered. She had suffered a brain aneurysm and had lost consciousness.

Once she was diagnosed, she underwent emergency surgery to insert a shunt where the aneurysm had occurred. After recovering from surgery, Mary underwent intense physical therapy at Mid America Rehab. Working directly with Clint Rice, DPT, CEAS and the rest of the Perryville Clinic staff, Mary was able to regain her strength and motor skills that had been effected.

“Mid America Rehab is awesome! They did such a good job with me and every other patient that I witnessed them work with while I was in the clinic, young and old. I have lived in Perryville for over 10 years and Mid America Rehab is the only place I will ever go for therapy. Every single member of the staff that I worked with was amazing, I just love each and every one of them.”

An April angiogram revealed another aneurysm that requires repair early this month. Mary plans to return to Mid America Rehab for physical therapy after surgery.

It is estimated that 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people. Approximately 30,000 people in the United States suffer a brain aneurysm rupture each year. Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. Of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit. It’s important to know the warning signs so you can receive treatment as soon as possible. To learn more, visit