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Carlsbad woman commemorates Scripps surgeries with tattoo

Carlsbad woman commemorates Scripps surgeries with tattoo

Amanda Auger’s dozens of tattoos tell individual stories from her life, but the piece on her left shoulder symbolizes the most significant moment of her life — the time she was saved by Scripps Health.

The 29-year-old Carlsbad woman — who grew up in Northern California and suffered from headaches, brain freezes, episodes of passing out all her life and a mini-stroke in her early 20s — was first admitted to Scripps Mercy Hospital Hillcrest in June 2013 for emergency brain surgery after a long-awaited diagnosis of arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

The potentially fatal condition, which doctors found through an MRI due to a hemorrhaged blood clot in Auger's brain, stems from an...

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