The Weinstein family of Goodyear will be walking together Oct. 4 to raise awareness for a disease many do not hear about too often.
When Mindy Weinstein was just 14 years old, she had to be whisked off to the hospital for life or death brain surgery.
Terrible nausea and headaches had made her unconscious, and that is when the doctors diagnosed her with hydrocephalus — a condition where the body is unable to drain the water around the brain and causes the brain to swell.
“I had symptoms my whole life, I just didn’t know,” she said.
Surgeons implanted a shunt, or a tube that helps drain the fluids from the head, and life resumed as usual.
After her first month of marriage, seven years after the diagnosis, her shunt began to fail.
Another shunt was implanted, but became infected after a few months. She became unresponsive and her husband, Mike, had to make a major medical decision for her.