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Wednesday, 10 October, 2001, 08:57 GMT 09:57 UK
Sharon Stone leaves hospital
Sharon Stone was released from hospital on Sunday
Sharon Stone: Expected to make a full recovery
Actress Sharon Stone has been released from hospital after eight days of treatment, following a brain haemorrhage.

The actress is expected to make a full recovery after leaving hospital in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, according to a statement issued by her doctor.

Stone had been under close observation since being admitted to hospital on 29 September with severe headaches.


Sharon Stone is completely intact neurologically and she will have no medical restrictions on her personal or professional activities

Michael Lawton, University of California, San Francisco

Doctors feared the Basic Instinct star had burst a blood vessel. After several days of tests and close observation, her condition turned out to be less serious.

Michael Lawton, chief of cerebrovascular surgery at the University of California hospital in San Francisco, said Stone would not suffer any lasting effects from her health scare.

"Sharon Stone is completely intact neurologically and she will have no medical restrictions on her personal or professional activities,'' said Mr Lawton.

Complications

Stone was found to have suffered a "subarachnoid haemorrhage" - bleeding into the space between the brain and the middle membrane covering the brain.

The more serious burst blood vessel could have led to complications, including strokes, seizures and the loss of mobility, speech, vision and memory.

Surgeons performed a procedure called coil embolisation to block the flow of blood through the artery to eliminate any further risk of complications from the haemorrhage.

Stone - who was Oscar-nominated for her role in Casino - was rushed to hospital by her husband, San Francisco Chronicle executive editor Phil Bronstein.

Stone and her husband were also in hospital recently after Mr Bronstein was attacked by a reptile during a visit to the zoo in June.

The five-foot Komodo dragon bit him on the foot as he and his wife were given a private tour of Los Angeles zoo.

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