Aimee Green, 24, had a brain routine brain scan after a car crash in February that revealed a deadly tumor over her right ear
A car crash saved the life of a 24-year-old student from California.
Aimee Green was driving on a highway in Sacramento on February 20 when the car spun out of control and crashed, knocking her unconscious.
Neither she nor her boyfriend broke any bones and everything seemed to indicate that they’d be fine – until a brain scan revealed Aimee had a tumor that had been growing for at least a year.
She’s now scrambling to graduate from college weeks early before undergoing the removal surgery that could wipe her memory.
Aimee told Daily Mail Online that she sees the crash as a blessing because without it, the tumor would have likely gone undiscovered and killed her within months.
Hours after the crash Aimee was feeling fine, but her doctors insisted on a routine CT scan.
She said her heart stopped when doctors revealed there was a tumor the size of an index finger growing above her right ear.
‘I immediately started to cry and felt like my world completely ended,’ she said.
‘The first thought I could think of washow I was so close to finally chasing and reaching my dreams and now it’s all up in the air.’
Aimee was driving on a highway in Sacramento on February 20 with her boyfriend when the car spun out of control and crashed, knocking her unconscious
Both she and her boyfriend, pictured left, seemed to be okay after the crash, until doctors spotted something on Aimee’s routine brain scan
The mass has been identified as a Choroid Plexus Papilloma, a tumor that is most-often diagnosed in children.
Only one percent of cases are in people between the ages of 20 and 25 and the rate drops to almost zero after 25.
The tumor causes over-production of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that creates pressure inside the skull.
For several years, Aimee had suffered from migraines and seizures, and it’s now clear that the tumor was behind those symptoms.
‘I have always had migraines, but the thought never occurred to me it could be more,’ she said. ‘Seizures run in my family so I thought they were just genetic.’
She said if the pressure increases, it will cause brain damage and kill her.
The doctors are hoping remove the tumor in the next month, giving Aimee time to work through issues with her insurance company.
Aimee said the month following the diagnosis has been a ‘huge nightmare’.
‘Not knowing what my future holds for me is having me on the edge all the time,’ she said.
‘I’ve always been the type of girl who plans everything and has like three monthly calendars where I keep everything organized and now all of it is changed.
‘There are so many unforeseen complications and possibilities for me. I’m definitely having a hard time coping and dealing with all of this,’ she said.
The aspiring social worker was just two months away from becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college.
With the help of her teachers at Sacramento State, she’s now planning to graduate early before having the surgery.
‘Because they are a lot of complications and problems after surgery regarding memory loss and spatial memory loss, I might not be the same afterwards,’ she said. ‘I definitely wanted to make sure I can graduate now while I can.’
Her tumor is located near the temporal lobe of the brain that’s responsible for memory and learning new information as well as recognizing objects or faces.
The neurosurgeon warned her that after the surgery she will likely have difficulty remembering things like where she parked her car or put her keys in the short term, but the severity and duration of memory loss is different from person to person.
Aimee now sees the crash as a blessing because without it the tumor would have likely gone undiscovered and killed her within months
He doesn’t expect it to get in the way of her career goals because the memory loss is more likely to affect things like computer and art skills – but there is still a great degree of uncertainty and she may have to retrain her brain to do certain things.
‘This is the main reason I’m focused on graduating early. Because I may not ever be able to come back and do it,’ she said.
Aimee was inspired to become a social worker after growing up in an unstable family until her grandparents took her and her siblings in.
‘I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them. They made me who I am,’ she said.
‘Most people don’t have anyone like that in there lives, so I aim and strive to be that for children and others who don’t have that supportive role model cheering them on throughout life.
‘We all need someone to push us and guide us and I just want to be able to do that,’ she said.
Aimee’s friend Laura Murphy set up a GoFundMe page to help her cover medical expenses.
‘She’s the kind of friend that would always be there for you when you need her, so now it’s my turn to be that friend,’ Laura told Daily Mail Online.
‘That’s why I set the go fund me up. It’s time for someone else to help her since she helps everyone else.’
As of Tuesday afternoon the page has raised $1,485 toward the $15,000 goal.
‘She’s a fighter and she won’t let the situation she’s currently in stop her from reaching her goal of helping others in need,’ Laura said.
She’s hoping to graduate from college in the next month before the surgery in case it causes memory loss