Name: Donna Atkins
Age at time of Dissection: 17
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 14 March 2007
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My son woke me up on March 14 at 12:30 am with sever pain in his chest and the back of his neck. I took him to Thomas Hospital in Fairhope Alabama. We had to wait over 3 hours before he was seen. The doctor claimed he had pleurisy and sent him home. He died at home 11 days later. I later found out that his heart rate in the ER was 50.

His blood pressure was also a lot lower than it was the month before when he was there for another reason. This hospital has the latest Cardiology equipment but chose not to use it. The ER doctor also gave him double the dose of IV pain medicine for an adult male and sent us home. I am not quite sure if it was the ascending or descending dissection.

I have it in his medical file. The lost of a child is one heart break that not even time can heal. My beautiful baby died at home on Sunday March 25, 2007