14-year-old Andee Inspiring Story Of Surviving a Brain AVM!



After complaining of a severe headache during swim practice, 14-year-old Andee was brought to Children’s where she was diagnosed with an extremely rare acquired brain injury called Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM).


As typical with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries, the AVM went undetected until a ruptured caused sudden internal bleeding within the brain.

When an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) occurs, a tangle of blood vessels in the brain or on its surface bypasses normal brain tissue and directly diverts blood from the arteries to the veins.


A remarkable young woman, today Andee is in school and was recently honored at the Children’s Foundation’s Hope and Will Ball.