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Charlie's aneurysm is removed by Sylar.
|First reference:||Six Months Ago|
An aneurysm is a blood clot or dilation in a blood vessel. They usually form in the arteries at the base of the brain, though they can occur in other parts of the body, as well.
Hiro, who has teleported six months in the past, becomes friends with Charlie whom he has set out to save, just in time for her birthday. She invites Hiro to come and join the birthday photo. He begins to fall for her, which further encourages him to save her. Though, when he suggests they leave town because of Sylar, she tells him she doesn't want to get close, because she has a blood clot in her brain inches away from an aneurysm. She tells him she's dying and that before Hiro got there, she had decided to give up. She says that Hiro has made her feel "more alive, and more full of joy" than she could have ever imagined. As they're about to kiss, Hiro is forced back to his own time.
Charlie serves Sylar and he detects her blood clot. Sylar suggests that the clot may be what allows Charlie's ability to work and claims he can fix it. Hiro manages to save Charlie from Sylar, but her blood clot starts to rupture into a fatal aneurysm. Hiro is distressed that after all he did to save her, Charlie is going to die anyway, but then he remembers Sylar saying he could fix the blood clot. Hiro makes a deal with Sylar: fix the blood clot and he'll tell him his personal future. Sylar agrees to the deal and uses intuitive aptitude to detect the blood clot and uses telekinesis to remove it through Charlie's eye, curing her and saving her life.
- Charlie tells Hiro that there's a blood clot in her brain, "inches away from an aneurism". The doctors aren't sure how long it's been there. Hiro realizes that she is going to die soon and that this is not a fairy tale. (Chapter 39)
- Hiro considers going back in time to tell Charlie about her blood clot earlier so she can treat it. He does this and puts "go to doctor for checkup" on other-Hiro's checklist. As a result, the blood clot is detected earlier but the doctors are still unable to do anything about it. Charlie had also asked if the clot could be the source of her incredible memory and comments on the irony of the fact that the thing that is going to kill her is what makes her so special. Charlie tells other-Hiro that she doesn't even know when she got it, suggesting falling off the jungle gym in second grade, getting hit on the head during volleyball practice in high school or even the car accident that killed her parents as a baby could be the source. After hearing this, Hiro contemplates going further back in time to stop the accident and thus Charlie possibly getting the blood clot from it but decides its too dangerous to attempt. (Chapter 47)
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