Picture, for a moment, a man very weak and tired, finding out he has a leaking heart valve and needing open-heart surgery immediately to repair his mitral valve? Sitting in the hospital, praying for a miracle. Afraid and hoping he has the very best care at his disposal.
This is Louis’ story…
After having Covid at the beginning of the year, I felt more tired and out of breath; I had a feeling there was something wrong with me. I got an appointment in March with my cardiologist and was diagnosed with a leaking heart valve. He told me that I would need open heart surgery to repair it.
Within three weeks, I met my surgeon, Dr Plunkett, had many scans and an angiogram, got triple vaccinated and saw my dentist.
I received a phone call on Tuesday, the 5th of April, and was told that the operation was set for Friday, the 8th of April.
Friday the 8th, the day of surgery, I was nervous. I prayed a lot to God to watch over me. They managed to repair the mitral and tricuspid valve and other parts of my heart. I was very weak – they left me on life support and told my family I had a 50/50 chance of living. I woke up the following afternoon, and when I did wake up, I was told I was a miracle. I want to thank all the doctors and nursing staff who took great care of me; words can’t describe how grateful I am. Together with my wife, we will now get to see my two beautiful children grow up and that makes me so happy.
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