WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — A Williamsburg man is fighting for his life after a brain aneurysm left him in a coma.
Just last week, Alex Bornstein was supposed to graduate from school with a nursing degree.
But that chance was cut short by his medical emergency.
“Tuesday night he came home from classes, he was working out and he felt his fingers start to tingle,” said Alex’s sister Alison Janes.
Janes says years of nursing classes worked to his advantage, and he asked his wife to look at his face.
“He asked her if he looked ok, and she noticed his left side was falling, so he self diagnosed thankfully because hes a nursing student and they went immediately to the hospital in Williamsburg,” said Janes.
He was flown to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, where doctors said he had a brain aneurysm.
He had to go through multiple surgeries.
“They ended up having to do a craniotomy where they removed a giant portion of his skull so his swelling would have somewhere to go,” said Janes.
It’s been an emotional journey for the family.
He has started to move his toes and give a thumbs up, but the family says he is still in a coma.
His sister tells me her partner started to raise money for his medical bills, and with the community’s support, they’ve raised over $3,000.
And while hes still got a long road ahead of him, Janes credits her brother’s fast thinking for keeping him alive.
“I think he caught it a lot sooner than he would otherwise because he knew the symptoms,” she said.
Janes says doctors are still uncertain how long he could be in a coma for.
She said they told her it could be days to even months
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On the evening of Tuesday May1st, Alex Bornstein was working out on his Bowflew at home in Virginia when his left arm started to go numb. As a nursing student only ONE day away from graduating nursing school, Alex knew this wasn’t good. He asked his wife, Janet, if he looked ok and she told him t…