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Crystal Lake woman battles back from ruptured brain aneurysm

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 2:11 p.m. CDT
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Alana Subleski at her Journey Care Dancing Through the Decades Fundraiser

CRYSTAL LAKE – Twenty-five years ago, persistent screaming tipped Mary Ann Subleski that something was wrong with her baby – a brain aneurysm.

On Sunday, Alana Subleski this time gave no warning before one of a second set of brain aneurysms ruptured. The Crystal Lake woman fainted at Charter Fitness in Crystal Lake and, after a stop at Centegra Hospital - McHenry, was airlifted to the University of Illinois - Chicago Hospital, where she received immediate surgery.

Friends and family have set up a fundraising website and Facebook page for Subleski while she embarks on a long road to recovery.

"It's overwhelming," said Mary Ann Subleski, Alana's mother who also lives in Crystal Lake. "We cannot thank her friends and family and community enough for all the love and support. It's blown us away."

Doctors found when the 25-year-old Subleski arrived at the Chicago hospital that she had four more brain aneurysms in addition to her ruptured aneurysm. The medical team removed the clot and coiled the other four aneurysms, Mary Ann Subleski said.

But Alana Subleski remains in the intensive care unit, paralyzed on her left side and attached to a ventilator.

Doctors have advised that Alana stay in the ICU for another two weeks before transferring back to Centegra for five to six weeks of in-house rehabilitation, followed by six to eight weeks of outpatient rehab. Outpatient rehab will span between three and five hours a day, Mary Ann Subleski said, although she added that doctors are only making preliminary plans at this point.

Doctors have told the family that Alana Subleski can regain 100 percent feeling in her body, but that it could take as long as a year, Mary Ann Subleski said.

"Because she's still on the breathing tube, they can't really get a prognosis right now," she said. "It's one day at a time."

She added that in the meantime, people in Alana Subleski's life continue to reach out for support.

"She works at a non-profit herself, at JourneyCare (in Barrington)," Mary Ann Subleski said. "She's always trying to help other people, and the support and the love they've given back to her ... I can't describe how it moves us."

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