"Dr DeBakey told my parents I had to grow. He didn't think grafts would last until I was older. He followed me to age 18- when the day after high school graduation I became acutely ischemic. I had 2 vein grafts placed then."
She started telling her story last week, "35 years ago a well known CT surgeon operated on a young girl he had been caring for since she was 7 years old. At age 18, there was no more waiting. Dr DeBakey and his incredible team saved that girl. She was me. Now, it's time again. I have not felt super well for sometime, a few months I guess. Hard to pinpoint, we are all old, tired ,"menopausal"etc."
She took the adversity of having a weird, undiagnosed illness followed by bad heart (coronary) arteries, surgical correction (bypass grafts) then cardiac rehab and decided she wanted to help others as well. So, she went to medical school! She has been an anesthesiologist for many years but just this week went back under anesthesia herself to revascularize her heart (another bypass was needed).