GWS happens to have an apartment in East London, which, upon hearing, nearly gave her posh West End pals an aneurysm.
His account of his second aneurysm and a round of invasive surgery is frightening and moving.
The episode employs the tried and true conceit: a character has an aneurysm and begins hallucinating his life as a musical.
early 15c., from Medieval Latin aneurisma, from Greek aneurysmos "dilation," from aneurynein "to dilate," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + eurynein "widen," from eurys "broad, wide," from PIE root *were- "wide, broad" (cf. Sanskrit uruh "broad, wide").
aneurysm an·eu·rysm or an·eu·rism (ān'yə-rĭz'əm)
A localized, blood-filled dilation of a blood vessel caused by disease or weakening of the vessel wall.