25 Feb '16, 12am

A year after a lifesaving brain surgery, a patient gets her doctor to run a marathon

A year after a lifesaving brain surgery, a patient gets her doctor to run a marathon

On March 12, Dr. Jonathan Russin performed the lifesaving surgery on Nguyen. He never could have imagined that 11 months later he—a non-runner at the time—would be crossing the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon hand in hand with Nguyen. Russin told Runner’s World by phone that even the busiest medical centers only perform this type of procedure about one to two times per year and there are only a handful of medical centers that do it at all. In other words, Nguyen was fortunate her aneurysm ruptured when and where it did. The procedure was successful and one day later, Nguyen emerged from her coma. Several miles away, the L.A. Marathon took place that weekend, and Nguyen, who had completed nine marathons, an Ironman triathlon, and several ultra-distance runs, embarked on a recovery marathon of her own. Nguyen was able to return home to Delaware on April 7, but she st...

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