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Recognizing Brain Aneurysm Month

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 23, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. RUTHERFORD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Brain Aneurysm Month, the time when we spread awareness of the signs and symptoms and seek increased research into treatment and prevention.

This month has a very special connection to northeast Florida that I would like to take just a moment to share.

Trinity Love Hoblit was born with a rare form of primordial dwarfism and grew to be only 29 inches tall. Despite her small size, the love and joy she brought into this world was larger than life. Throughout her life, she battled brain aneurysms and underwent numerous surgeries to help alleviate the symptoms.

Sadly, on June 30, 2015, Trinity passed away. She was only 14 years of age.

To continue her life legacy, her parents, Olivia and Phil Hoblit, established the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation, headquartered in Amelia Island, Florida. Its purpose is to support and fund neurological research, training, and treatment for brain aneurysms, strokes, and other cerebrovascular conditions at hospitals in northeast Florida and around the country.

So in honor of Trinity and the foundation in her name, please listen closely to the risk factors and signs and symptoms of brain aneurysms.

The risk factors include: Smoking, high blood pressure, older age, alcohol and/or drug abuse, and family history.

The symptoms of a brain aneurysm include: Severe headache, pain above one eye or behind one eye, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking or swallowing, numbness or weakness on one side of the body, and seizures.

Please do not ignore these symptoms, and promptly seek medical care if you experience any of them, especially if you are having the worst headache of your life. When it comes to brain aneurysms, awareness is the beginning of prevention and cure.

On behalf of the Fourth Congressional District of Florida, I offer my heartfelt thanks to Olivia and Phil Hoblit, the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation, their board of directors, and advisory committee members for the lives they are helping to save every day.

Through their important work, the loving memory of Trinity Love Hoblit will live on forever.