Name: Ronald Simms
Age at time of Dissection: 54
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 2 May 2008
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Iam writing for my husband of 43 years. He is a father of 7 and grandfather of 7. He suffered a 80% dissection of the aorta after being sick for 5 mos. He was in BMC in March of that year for 4 days being treated for a heart attack. But sent home.

In May he suffered acute pain in his chest and was taken to Fairview hospital treated for pain and sent home he went back the next day so very ill and in pain. The doctor in emergency treated him for pancreases. 13 days A nurse helped and got a cat scan ordered and he was air lifted out to Bay State Hospital they kept him 4 days and said he was going to die…..He was 54…I fought and Mass General took him. It took another couple of days to get a team together.

We are Jehovah’s Wittness’ and do not accept blood. He was so ill from not eating that open surgery was not and possible. Dr. Christopher Kwolek did 10 hrs. surgery placed 7 stints I took my husband home after 2 days in a nursing home in a wheel chair….The medications we beyond my imagination and shots. He was perhaps going to be blind unable to walk etc.. He walks talks and works part time.

The 45 year old doctor who treated him at Fairview died that November of brain cancer. I later found that BMC in Pittsfield Ma. who had him in May had overlooked two reports from radiology. Twisted aorta…He had GCA…We did not sue.. We were glad to have daddy home. We still are.

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