Name: Kurt Kemp
Age at time of Dissection: 48
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 12 December 2011
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The evening of December 11th I was playing a part in our church’s Christmas Cantata. It was a readers theater so I had to stand up and sit down frequently. When I stood up for my first lines I got really dizzy and almost passed out. I completed my lines and sat down. The dizziness remained and I started feeling a “squish” in my chest every time my heart beat. Then I started getting sharp pains in both elbows.
I made it thru the cantata and drove home immediately afterwards. When I got home I could not get comfortable. My wife stayed up with me and at 1am chest pains started and we drove to the ER in Saginaw MI. They rushed me in as a “possible heart attack” and the EKG showed it was not. They x-rayed my chest immediately, then when they saw my Aorta they sent me for an immediate CT scan. They came back to me and said my Aorta was 3 times it’s normal size and dissecting severely. I was immediately wrapped up and flown by chopper to UofM in Ann Arbor where I went shortly thereafter into surgery.
I was in the ER in Saginaw about 1 hour. Everyone involved said it was a miracle I was alive when they opened me up and saw what had happened. Surgery was 17 hours. I was in ICU for 4 days, then released from the hospital 3 days later. I have had nothing short of a miraculous recovery and it’s only by the grace of God I am here today. Yesterday was January 18th, 2012 and I started back to work full time in my office. From miraculously alive to working back full time in 5 weeks. Amazing.
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