Liza Burke, a college senior from the University of Georgia suffered from a brain hemorrhage while she was on her spring break trip in Cabo San Lucas. She had to undergo emergency surgery to have part of her skull removed before she could be flown back to the United States.
She was at breakfast with friends when she began to complain of a headache.
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“She started to have a headache so she said, ‘I’m going to go back to the room to lay down and take some medicine. Her friends went back later to check on her and they couldn’t wake her up,” Jennifer Ritter, a close family friend, shared with WSB-TV.
Burke was rushed to the hospital soon after that. The doctors diagnosed her with arteriovenous malformation, it is a condition where tangled blood vessels are misconnected and as a result, cause last of oxygen and blood to the brain.
Jennifer has organized a GoFundMe page for Liza. She shared with the news outlet that Burke has always had the cardiac abnormality since she was born.
After a piece of her skull was removed, she was placed on life support. The money for the medical flight back to the United States was paid for by the $138,000 of generous and kind contributions from family, friends, and strangers who have heard about the story. Burke is currently being treated at Mayo Clinic.
“The doctors there were so caring and really wanted to get her back to the States because they felt that is where she was going to have the best care,” Laura McKeithan, Liza’s mother, shared with WSB-TV.
“Somehow, my friends were able to make enough calls and use the power of mamas to get her back,” the mother said.