Name: Kelly Herbster
Age at time of Dissection: 69
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 8 April 2012
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This story is about my mother. On 4/8/12 she was experiencing chest pain along with back and shoulder pain. I immediately called my mom’s neighbor who is a nurse. He took her vital signs which were all normal but did not like the way she looked. She was sweating and very pale.

He called 911 for an ambulance. After 5 hours in an emergency room at a local hospital, she was feeling better. All blood work, chest x-rays and EKG were normal. The doctor was about to send her home when he decided to do a CAT-Scan with contrast.

Well, to make a long story shore, within a half hour, she was on a helicopter to the Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital for emergency surgery to repair an Aortic Dissection. It has been 12 days since the surgery and she is still in the hospital dealing with a heart that keeps going into A-Fib. I know she will be OK but I also know she has a long road ahead of her.

I have to thank the Emergency room doctor for doing that one last test
that saved her life.