Three years after a severe brain haemorrhage, Veerle Devriese is once again exhibiting art

Her left arm and legs are still not well, and due to her weakened left eye she is no longer allowed to drive, but Veerle Devriese from Torhout is happy that she survived the severe cerebral haemorrhage on April 11, 2019. Friday On the 13th, Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of May she will be exhibiting her art during ‘Atelier in Beeld’ and it feels like a victory.

Let it be clear: Veerle (51) is coming back a long way from. “I had to learn everything from scratch again,” she sighs. “Step, talk and function in normal life. Plus: making my art. I am the daughter of Jeffrie Devriese, who enjoys great fame in the artistic world with her monumental bronze sculptures. ”

Unfortunately, the operation goes wrong

Veerle lives with her daughters Amber and Emel, twins aged 11, in Molenstraat in Torhout. She has worked as a secretary in adult education SNT in Bruges for 14 years. Lately, after three years of heavy rehabilitation, she has done it full time again, because there must be bread on the shelf. “Besides, being at home constantly is a disaster,” she says. “Then the walls will come towards you. Fortunately, I was able to express myself creatively in my better moments. By the way, I still do. I cling to my art. I desperately need it to create things. It’s clearly in my genes. ”

Veerle had for some time struggled with sharp headaches and ringing in his ears. Upon examination, it was found that she was suffering from the rare condition AVM: Arteriovenous malformation. This congenital malformation of the blood vessel system can lead to sensory disturbances, paralysis and severe headaches due to abnormal blood flow in the brain. “AVM should not be underestimated,” Veerle says. “Overpressure can cause the malformation to rupture, resulting in a cerebral haemorrhage. So it was decided to operate on me at UZ Ghent and get that dangerous thing out of my head. Unfortunately, during the operation on 11 April 2019, something seriously went wrong, and something happened that the doctors wanted to prevent: I suffered a major brain haemorrhage. ”

Deformity in Veerle’s head is still there

Fortunately for Veerle, the bleeding was not fatal, and at the end of June 2019, she was finally allowed to go home after nine weeks in hospital, five at Ghent University Hospital and four in the AZ Delta in Roeselare. “However, a long rehabilitation awaited me, because I had to learn pretty much everything about. Plus: my left arm and legs are still not quite right and my left side vision is gone forever. This means that I can no longer drive a car, and I also have to be very careful when I cycle. ”

The doctors will now no longer operate, so the condition will have to go through radiation

Unfortunately: Due to the failed operation, the malformation is still in Veerle’s head, and there is still a risk of rupture with fatal outcome. “However, the doctors will no longer operate, so the condition must be removed via radiation. Two years ago, I received the first radiation treatments on my head at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Hospital in Aalst, which specializes in this. For example, the deformity has shrunk from 4.3 to 1.6 cm. But she has to go completely, and then the treatment continues later. Hopefully I will be completely free of it in about a year. I will stay bravealthough of course all this weighs on me. ”

Exhibits in father Jeffrie Devriese’s studio

Without his art, Veerle would not cope mentally. She does under the name Eve creations handicraft jewelery, figures in aluminum wire, silhouettes of women’s bodies and recently also drawings. Together with a number of other artists, she will be exhibiting on Friday 13 May from 6 pm to 10 pm and on Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May from 10 am to 6 pm in her father’s studio in Keibergstraat 97. In addition to Jeffrie and daughter Veerle, David has David Smulders, Rita Vanrolleghem and Gilbert Van Luchem exhibited there.

“I make the jewelry with pieces of bronze, molten glass or ceramic,” Veerle explains. “In recent years, I have received a lot of balance exercises and memory training and now I am guided by a movement coach twice a week. What happened to me could have turned out to be an instant disaster, so in a way I was lucky. I still realize that I will never be the same Veerle as before my brain hemorrhage. And it hurts. But my art is my safe haven, my refuge. ”

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