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What is a brain aneurysm? Symptoms explained as Tom Sizemore gets ‘no hope’ health update

Tom Sizemore in 2014. His family has been told there is “no further hope” by doctors in Los Angeles (Reuters)
Tom Sizemore in 2014. His family has been told there is “no further hope” by doctors in Los Angeles (Reuters)

Tom Sizemore has been in an intense care unit after suffering a brain aneurysm in his home on Saturday February 18 at 2am and becoming unconcious.

Sizemore’s family have been told there is “no further hope” for the actor and that an end-of-life decision would be needed.

Charles Lago, Sizemore’s representative, said in a statement on Monday February 27: “Today doctors informed his family that there is no further hope and have recommended end-of-life decision. The family is now deciding end-of-life matters and a further statement will be issued on Wednesday.”

He added: “We are asking for privacy for his family during this difficult time, and they wish to thank everyone for the hundreds of messages of support and prayers that have been received. This has been a difficult time for them.”

Sizemore, 61, is best known for his portrayal of Sgt Mike Horvath in Oscar-winning World War II film Saving Private Ryan, directed by Steven Spielberg. He delivers the film’s famous line: “Some day we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this godawful s***ty mess.”

Sizemore also starred in Black Hawk Down, Born on the Fourth of July and Natural Born Killers, and in episodes of TV series Twin Peaks and Cobra Kai.

What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is a weak area along a person’s brain artery that forms a blister-like bump. The majority of brain aneurysms are small and don’t cause a lot of damage but if they burst it causes bleeding to the brain which can be life-threatening.

A ruptured aneurysm is referred to as a brain bleed and requires immediate medical care as the more time passes the more likely is death or disability.

Early symptoms of a brain aneurysm

One of the more common early warning symptoms is a severe headache. The headache has been described as extremely painful, “like you’ve never felt before”, according to Cleveland Clinic and is also known as a thunderclap headache.

Other early signs of a brain aneurysm include:

  • Pain around or above the eye;

  • Vision difficulty;

  • Trouble speaking;

  • Loss of balance;

  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the face;

  • Short-term memory loss;

  • Concentration difficulties.

Who is at risk of a brain aneurysm?

The potentially life-threatening condition can affect anyone at any age.

The more common risk age groups for a brain aneurysm are between 30 and 60, and women are more at risk than men.

If you suspect you or someone else may be suffering from a brain aneurysm it is imperative to seek medical help immediately.