Name: Marilyn Farley
Age at time of Dissection: 50
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 11 May 2007
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Hi, my name is Isaac, I am writing on behalf of my mother. My Moms first aortic tear was noticed in May of 07. She had 7or 7-1/2 inch tear above her heart. She was 50 years old, petite, never smoked, never drank alcohol, and physically very active. She has had high bp (blood pressure)all her life.

She had the surgery, an 8inch stint put in, and survived, the doctors weren’t sure if she would because of the size and the very high bp. They only gave her 25% odds. She made it, it’s been 5 years, and she recently went back for a 5 year check-up. They found another 1/2 inch tear along her spine below the last repair. They said that she would not survive a second surgery because of her current medical issues mentioned above. They said that even if she were to survive the surgery, she would be completely paralyzed.

Not an option for my mom. She is go go go, and we have to make her relax, or wait till she is to sore to continue. Last winter she tore a tendon in her arm that they can’t repair because of these issues. We are all very concerned, and don’t know what to expect, or how long she has left. My sister is over seas and wants to be able to spend time with her before anything may happen; the problem being, due to the nature of her work and location, it’s very difficult to up and come, almost impossible. She only has a small window she can stay home so wants to use it wisely. She can’t just stay home or she would.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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