Yael Shvetz, 54, shares her story of surviving a rare hemorrhagic stroke, or brain bleed, to inspire and educate other women like herself. She is part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2023 Real Women Class of Survivors.
Yael Shvetz, 54 (Hillsborough, NJ) was suffering from a days-long migraine when suddenly her speech became slurred and she lost control trying to get out of her bed and fell. Her daughter noticed “Mom’s not Mom,” and called 911. After arriving at the hospital, doctors discovered she was suffering a rare hemorrhagic stroke, or brain bleed. After a craniotomy and a coma left her on a ventilator, doctors told her family she had a very low survival rate. However, she beat the odds with intensive therapy and made it to her daughter’s wedding (officiated by her son) at her hospital. She says despite hearing and memory loss and another surgery in her future, she wants to share her story to inspire and educate other women like herself.