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Hadley Town Clerk Jessica Spanknebel suffers aneurysm

  • <br/><br/>JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Jessica Spanknebel
  • <br/><br/>BRANDON SCOTT<br/>Jessica Spanknebel, Town Clerk, Hadley.

“Right now we are keeping her and her family in our thoughts and prayers,” Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon said.

Spanknebel, 40, has served as Hadley’s town clerk since 2007 and is the wife of Hadley Fire Capt. Michael Spanknebel. According to Assistant Town Clerk Janice Kangas, the Spanknebels have two young children.

A Facebook page called the “Jessica Krieger Spanknebel Recovery Page” was created Sunday providing updates on her condition. According to the page, she is responding to commands and stimulation and appears to be comfortable.

While family members were unavailable for comment, Kangas said Monday that Spanknebel is hospitalized in Connecticut, though she did not know specifically where.

According to information put out by the Mayo Clinic, a brain aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain. Most brain aneurysms do not create health problems or cause symptoms and many aneurysms are often detected only during tests for other conditions. A ruptured aneurysm, however, causes bleeding into the brain and quickly becomes life-threatening, requiring prompt medical treatment.

With the special state primary election coming up April 30 and the annual Town Meeting taking place May 2, town officials are moving quickly to make arrangements to cover Spanknebel’s absence, Nixon said.

For now, Kangas will taking over for Spanknebel and the clerk’s office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this week, according to Nixon.

“We will try to get those hours expanded for next week,” he said.

Those who wish to make a donation to help the Spanknebel family, a Jessica Spanknebel Recovery Fund has been set up at the Easthampton Savings Bank, P.O. Box 81, Hadley, MA 01035, according to the Facebook page.

Legacy Comments2

My prayers are with Jessica and her family. I have had 2 aneurysms, but both thankfully did not rupture prior to surgery (jugular fixed 25 yrs ago and brain op a little over a year ago). Baystate, by the way, has a wonderful neurosurgeon for brain aneurysms. If the family has not found this site yet, a wonderful forum with lots of info and other survivors answering questions is bafsupport.org. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is in Boston and survivors from all over the world are members. It's a great support system. I hope, Jessica, that you are feeling better soon.

Our prayers are with Jessica, Mike and the entire family. We're all looking forward to seeing her always smiling face around town again soon!

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