Mrs. Lee Sager Calls Dr. Osborn ‘Kind and Caring’
Before the shunt surgery, Lee Sager was not walking at all. She suffered from memory loss and speech problems. “I would lose my thought in the middle of a sentence,” she explains. In her younger days, she was a writer for a New Jersey newspaper.
Sager was under the care of Dr. Julie Schwatzbard, a neurologist in Aventura, FL who was treating her for neuropathy. One day, Sager stood up in the doctor’s office and almost fell on top of the doctor. A brain scan at the hospital showed hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the ventricles of the brain).
Together with her daughter, Sager went to see Dr. Osborn. “He was so kind and caring and took the time to answer every question that I had,” she says. Three days later she was operated on. Two weeks later she was walking with a cane.
“Almost immediately, I was on my feet again,” recalls Sager. She believes that if she had waited longer or gone undetected, she would have had permanent brain damage. She credits Dr. Schwartzbard for detecting the condition and Dr. Osborn for curing her. Before the surgery, her handwriting and memory were terrible. “Now I can write a letter again in my own handwriting,” she says. If not detected early, she thinks she could have been in a wheelchair indefinitely.
“It’s a choice you have to make,” notes Sager. The surgical procedure takes about 90 minutes. The shunt is checked every two months, which is done externally. “They really saved my life.”