A healthy mother of three teen boys, Sandra Nunez was eagerly anticipating her fourth child in April 2017. However, tragedy struck when she unexpectedly suffered a miscarriage in her second trimester. Over the following months, she searched for an answer to what went wrong, before finding an unexpected cause.
She spent the night of the miscarriage at a local hospital. Her blood pressure was high, but doctors identified no other health issues. In August, though, she developed headaches. She started seeing a neurologist, who gave her medicine for migraines, “but they didn’t help at all,” she said.
In fact, things got worse. In September, her vision blurred and she temporarily lost sight in her right eye. She went to an ophthalmologist, who said that her eyes seemed normal but that she should go to the emergency room because her vision problems might be caused by a more serious condition, like a stroke or a tumor. “I told my husband, ‘Take me to Westchester Medical Center,' because you always hear that is one of the best hospitals,” she said.
She was met at the hospital by Dr. Ramandeep Sahni, a neurologist at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Sahni ordered an MRI, which showed that Nunez had suffered multiple strokes.
“Her strokes were mostly small, but the largest was in the area for her right eye’s peripheral vision,” she said. Blood tests also revealed that she had below-normal levels of platelets, the blood component involved in clotting. When Sahni learned that Nunez had miscarried a few months earlier, she suspected a rare condition called antiphospholipid syndrome.
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