Clemency Burton-Hill, the classical music presenter and BBC violinist, has to relearn how to speak and walk after suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage.
The 39-year-old mother-of-two revealed yesterday that she had undergone emergency brain surgery after suddenly collapsing during a meeting in New York City. A few minutes earlier, Burton-Hill had found herself unable to speak.
She was rushed to the nearest hospital in Brooklyn, then transferred to Manhattan’s Mount Sinai West Hospital, where neurosurgeon Dr Christopher Kellner had to remove half of her skull to save her life.
The massive hemorrhage, which occurred in January, was caused by a previously undiagnosed condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which meant that a rare and abnormal cluster of blood vessels had tangled up the arteries and veins in her.