Name: Sandra Dempsey
Email: mikedempsey28@yahoo.com
Age at time of Dissection: 70
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 6 July 2011
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My Name is Mike Dempsey. I am a firefighter/EMT with Gilmer Co. Fire Rescue in Gilmer Co. Georgia. This is the story of my mother Sandra. My mother is a beautiful 70 y/o woman. With what we all thought was a lot of life left in her. At 6 A.M. on Wednesday July 6th I got the call that everyone in public safety never expects or wants to get. It was Captain Adam James of the GCFD telling me that a medic unit was being dispatched to my mothers house for difficulty breathing. I told him I was on my way, But in no way was I prepared for what was about to happen.

I knew my mother has had some minor breathing problems before, but nothing major. The Medic unit arrived and paramedic Jason Anderson phoned me and told me mother was to weak to come to the door. I arrived shortly after with a key. We made our way to mothers bed to find her in a state I’ve never seen her in, She looked as though she could pass at anytime. All of her vital signs looked good except her blood pressure 90/60.


Mother has high blood pressure so we knew something wrong. With fluids going we head to the local ER. Where more fluid were given but, B/P continued to drop 70/30. A helicopter was dispatched to fly mother to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga about a 20 min. flight. Once at Erlanger mother was rushed into surgery. 30 mins. into a 10 hr. surgery mother ruptured Doctors were able to fix the rupture and continue with the surgery.

Doctors replaced 33 mm of mothers ascending aorta and performed a bypass of her rt. coronary artery. It’s Sunday July 10th and mother is sitting up and leaving the ICU today. This story of Sandra Dempsey is Dedicated to the Doctors, Nurses, Flight Crew, and my brothers from the Gilmer Co. Fire Dept. Who through their hard work and prayers has given mother her life back. This web site has already helped. I would like to find some info. on what we can expect after she gets home. As well as some diet and fitness programs that will keep her around for a long
time to come.

Thank you The Family of Sandra Dempsey.

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