When Mandy Johnson-Bennett of Wood River was sent home from the hospital with what they said was a migraine, she knew something was not right.
“She had been having headaches for about two weeks, along with soreness in her neck and chest,” her mother, Robin Plank of East Alton, said. “They did an EKG that came back clear, but she knew something was wrong.”
Mandy, 37, who actually had a small brain bleed four years prior, knew the warning signs. This time, a CAT scan on Feb. 23 showed another bleed.
“It actually ruptured while she was at the hospital,” Plank said. “Barnes said what they did at (OSF Saint Anthony’s) most likely saved her life.”
Today, Mandy is recovering at her mother’s home but has a long road ahead.
“She will have to be monitored closely to make sure the shunt is working properly,” Plank said. “We are hoping for the best.”
Meanwhile, her friends have come together to sponsor a benefit on Sunday, March 22, at Highflyers Grille in East Alton. From 3 until 9 p.m., 10 percent of all proceeds will go toward assisting with Mandy’s recovery.
There also will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and guest DJ performing from 4 until 8:30 p.m.
Her mother hopes for a good turnout, and says her daughter is well-known in the area.
“She has worked in the community for many years, including as a dance and tumbling instructor and a cheerleading coach,” Plank said.
For more information on the event or how to donate, visit the Facebook page at Stunting for Mandy.