Award-winning actress Sharon Stone was named to the board of trustees of the Phoenix-based Barrow Neurological Foundation.
According to the announcement, Stone, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that led to a massive stroke in 2001, credits Barrow's president and CEO and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Michael Lawton, with saving her life.
“The majority of people who go through what happened to me do not survive, let alone recover. I’m able to be here today walking and talking because of Dr. Lawton,” Stone said in a statement. Stone’s chances of surviving surgery were slim, only 1%, but Lawton took the chance and performed lifesaving surgery.
Because of her ordeal, Stone became passionate about brain research and a strong advocate for brain health and warning women of the risks of stroke, the announcement from the Barrow Neurological Foundation stated.