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Tim and Kathy Powers were high school sweethearts. They dated for 15 years and got married seven years ago.
But a headache Tim had last August changed everything.
“If it wasn’t for her being my great nurse, I’d have been gone. I guarantee you, I would have been gone,” Tim said.
“And you never know what you have until you almost lose it,” Kathy said.
Tim suffered not one, but two, brain aneurysms. Several area hospitals couldn’t perform the surgery he needed, so paramedics rushed him to the Cleveland Clinic for treatment.
“His were right next to each other, probably within a couple of millimeters away, so we could actually treat both aneurysms with one procedure,” said Dr. Mark Bain of the Cleveland Clinic.
The procedure saved Tim’s life, but recovery took months and the odds were stacked against him. Forty percent of ruptured brain aneuryms are fatal and 50 percent of those who survive have severe disabilities.
“He could look at me and he could wake up and he knew I was there,” Kathy said.
Now, months after the surgery, Tim still has some balance problems and short term memory loss, but he said that doesn’t matter because he’s just happy to be back.
“We don’t fight as much,” Tim said on how his relationship with Kathy has changed since the surgery.
His wife agreed.
“Nope, and we are always telling each other we love each other,” Kathy said.
Tim said he is forever grateful to the doctor who performed the six-hour surgery and gave him many more years to live.
“He saved my life. I took a picture with him together and I’ll keep it till the day I die,” Tim said.
But until that day, Tim said he plans to spend as much time as he can with the ones he loves.