Julie Atwell's Mother-70

Personal Stories:  Julie Atwell’s Mother

It’s good to hear that so many people that have good stories to tell about aortic dissection, my story is horrible… My mom was diagnosed with aortic dissection on June 25,2004 a day after her 70th birthday… The hospital chose not to do her surgery until June 28, she died on the operating table.

It has been a horrible nightmare and I hope everyday that wake up the nightmare will be over. She was misdiagnosed on June 4,2004, she lived for 3 weeks not even knowing that she was so sick.

I wish I could understand more about the disease. The doctors told us from the beginning that she had a 80% chance of living but I have learned since through Brian that those chances were not right.

We are talking to the hospital management and hoping we can get our story out, please keep our family in your prayers, the holidays were very hard.. Our mother was all we had (our father died in 1976). I wished my story could be a happy ending.


Julie Atwell


Billy Holopoff-68


Cathy Mordecai-46

1 Comment

  1. Grace

    Very sad just as our mom, took long time for hospital do diagnose my mom’s thoracic aortic dissection. Cardiac surgeons said 10 percent mortality with the surgery 50 percent mortality without the surgery within 48 hours. She had surgery and never woke up. within 48 hours all organs shut down and passed away. So devastating, our father died 16 years ago. Our mom was the sunshine of our family, miss her so much. Did the wasted time in the emergency contribute to her prognosis we will never know.

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