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It was spring break and Liza Burke, a University of Georgia student, was spending it in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
She was at breakfast with friends on Friday when she complained about a headache. Burke returned to her hotel room to sleep but when her friends later tried to wake her she would not stir.
Burke was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, an arterial condition which caused her brain to hemorrhage. She was later put on life support, according to her GoFundMe page.
According to the Mayo Clinic, AVM is a tangle of blood vessels that irregularly connects arteries and veins, disrupting the flow of blood and oxygen.
It is not clear what causes AVM and it is seldom hereditary, according to the Mayo Clinic.
But a friend of Burke’s said she has had it since birth.
“She was diagnosed with this abnormality in her brain called arteriovenous malformation which she’s had since birth and nobody knew she had it,” Jennifer Ritter told WSB-TV.
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