St. Vincent’s Medical Center Heart Recovery Reunion

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Heart Recovery Reunion


Today was a great opportunity for us to see our patients after they’ve had very high risk interventions or have had a life and death situation. I think it brings a lot of warmth to the procedures that we do because when we see these patients, they are extremely sick and now we see them kind of in their regular life every day. And it’s just very rewarding for us now that patients are doing well. They saved my life here, actually, by using the Impella. Without it, I would have been dead. It means a great deal to me. I’m so thankful for all they do for people like me. It was an incredible experience. Usually we don’t get to see the people that worked on us. Let me tell you really, it’s a big honor to be here and be able to speak to you because the success of your stories. When the patients come into the cath lab, you have one or two nurses helping you get two or three techs, you know, we’ve put all these lines in the patients. We’re trying to save the patient’s life. You realize the teamwork. It’s very important to honor the patient because they’re truly the ones that are fighting. It’s unbelievable what they can go through and how they come out of this. They did the procedure on Mother’s Day and three and a half days later I was back at home. I’m here to say thank you. I know what my chances were without him intervening and that Impella to keep me going. So the Impella device is a little machine that we put inside the heart. This is a little pump and helps the people’s heart when it’s extremely weak. So it’s just an amazing piece of technology that we have. This little part sits inside your heart and pumps blood from the ventricle from the rest of your body. You can see, it is typically inserted from the groin goes up, out all the way. Goes around the aorta. It removes blood from the left ventricle of the heart and it pumps it out of the aorta. We put the support so the heart is working more relaxed and much higher likelihood of success and increased likelihood survival. It used to be, before, we’d bring the patient, put a stent as quick as possible, then see how he does. Now, the patient comes in, we put the Impella upfront. Impella has changed the life. That’s why the mortality has diminished lately. And it’s a critical component of treatment of myocardial infarction. St. Vincent’s team was so phenomenal and they saved my mom. They don’t understand what this means to the family. There’s big groups of people around these people, their fingers crossed and cold sweat. My little girl of 61 years is giving me honey-do’s every day. I feel great. And I can’t thank everybody enough. I really can’t. I just want to thank y’all for saving my friend’s life. Means the world, seeing them walking with their family is just unbelievable. A very happy moment in our lives. I feel very good. I drove down here. I still get around and work. We’re back to normal activities. Everything we did before. Except I haven’t jumped out of an airplane again. But I will be doing that in the future. I’ve got more energy. I just feel great. It’s just unbelievable how good you feel afterwards.

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