Name: Kathy Whalen
Age at time of Dissection: 25
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 17 September 2009
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I t’s really my son’s story. He had severe chest pains eating pizza at Costco one day. Knew something was really wrong and went to the ER room. Thankfully the staff saw the seriousness of the situation and transferred him to a larger hospital.

Turned out, yes, he was having an aortic dissection and needed emergency surgery. They figured out he was suffering from Marfan’s Syndrome and this was one of the classic signs (Marfan’s). He is doing good, taking his medication and trying to get on with his life. I cry when I think how close I came to losing my baby boy.

Thanks to the Drs. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital I can talk to and hug my son everyday.

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