“When it was first going on I was home visiting for my nephew’s birthday.” Megan Ray was home visiting her family in Atlanta. She didn’t feel quite right. Her eyes were dilated. Still, she pushed through it, enjoying the time with her family. Her brother joked as she boarded the plane back to Panama, “Don’t have an aneurysm!”
Two weeks later that’s exactly what happened. Alone in her home on Bocas Del Toro, a tiny island off the coast of Panama, Megan says she felt like she was suddenly shot in the head. “I was in excruciating pain and I couldn’t move for 12 hours.”
Once she was able to walk, she knew she desperately needed help, but she was not in a place to get any. Bocas del Toro is an island cut off from the rest of the world. “There’s like nothing here. It’s a small island chain so everything has to come by boat or by plane so there’s no movie theaters, no grocery stores.”
She got herself to the island’s water taxi to head to the mainland. Crowded in with 30 other people, her left eye completely closed, Megan endured the trip. But it was only the beginning. She then had to hire a taxi driver for the four hour ride to a hospital in David, Panama. Doctors in David told Megan she had had an aneurysm, but that they didn’t have the parts to perform her surgery. They would have to be ordered. Three days later, Ray underwent surgery.
Through this entire ordeal, she didn’t realize that she was a walking miracle.