Thank you for your July 21 article “Blindsided by an aneurysm,” educating readers about this not-so-well-known killer. More than 30,000 Americans a year suffer ruptured brain aneurysms, and almost half of them die as a result.
Patients who survive often are left with disabilities. One in every 50 people will develop an aneurysm during his or her lifetime. Early treatment means better outcomes. People who have an unexplained headache or other stroke-like symptoms should see a doctor.
I had a son who had a brain aneurysm rupture when he was 21, in 1999. He underwent physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Today, he is an accountant and has some physical limitations. But all things considered, he’s doing well.
An excellent source of information for patients, caregivers, physicians, therapists, and the public is the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (bafound.org).
Israel-Palestinian toll deplorable
As a Christian, I find the violence in Gaza deplorable (“Latest cease-fire takes hold in Gaza,” Aug. 6). The actions of Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force pose a test of the Christian commitment to the dignity of all people.
Israel’s attacks on Gaza were enabled by military aid provided by the U.S. government. Americans’ tax dollars are invested in the more-powerful side in this imbalanced conflict.
Our lawmakers should support an equitable settlement between Israel and the Palestinians of Gaza.
Liberty Center, Ohio
WW II vet story deserved better
On July 18, The Blade put an article about a 102-year-old World War II veteran in the second section and a dog story on the front page. What a slap in the face to this worthy war hero.
I have no problem with dogs, but I hope The Blade puts human-interest stories first, especially ones about those of the greatest generation.
Volunteers, officials thanked
My family thanks Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, Gov. John Kasich, and all the experts for the professional and calming way they handled the water crisis (“Mayor tells water users to conserve all summer,” Aug. 6).
The region’s residents have every reason to be proud. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped make sure people had drinking water.