Larry Gregory-53

Name: Larry Gregory
Email: irene926@Frontier.com
Age at time of Dissection: 53
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 9 January 2012
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Hi. I am writing this story on behalf of my step dad. January 9th 2012 4:30 pm is threat his (our) life changed forever. While at work He called my mother saying thought he was having a heart-attack.

She went to the job site and found him laying on the floor. Then took him to the ER where he sat for 3 hours in excruciating pain after his EKG came back normal. I still think there should be some type of protocol for his symptoms. He was sweating profusely, feeling of passing out, diarrhea, numbness in legs and sharp pain in back and chest. That would all state more than we aren’t sure what’s going on to me.

Finally, CT scan spotted an aneurysm and helicopter was called to fly him to Indianapolis for emergency surgery. I’ll never forget how they kept telling us to be sure to staying him until he left on the helicopter because he may not make it. Before this Larry had absolutely no underlying conditions. About a year before this happened he had dizzy spells a few times but went to the Dr and nothing came of it. After a 9 hour surgery he pulled through. The surgeon of 32 years says his wax the worst case he had ever seen. His was through his carotid, aortic arch and through the abdominal to the femerol artery.

He told us he may never wake up. Sure enough 2 days later he did. Truly a miracle. We are now told he still has dissection and is very vulnerable to have another aneurysm. It has almost been 5months now and we feel he has come so far but are still scared.

They finally got a good antidepressant for him. The drs do not want him to have another CT with contrast until August because of kidney insufficiency from the dissection. They say we will go from there. We just do not know what to expect. Such a hard pill for him to swallow. He was such a hardworking man that has lost his pride. In the works of trying for disability. Anyone with any advice/hope for us would be great. Thank you! Heather Ison

1 Comment


  1. My story is posted on this site. I had an ascending and descending AA that went all the way to the iliac artery. I could not feel my right leg and the drs were not certain if I would leave surgery with the leg intact.

    The DEPRESSION thing is real. I fought it for about 6 months until I explained how I felt to my cardiologist and he said: “after what I had been through I should be depressed”. With a very straight face.

    My free advice based only on my experience: the depression is Real and a function of the Trauma of surgery and the various drugs new to the patients system and that Mortality has now a more visceral meaning.

    It takes time to recover. Certain he will feel better each month, but it is a PROCESS. It takes as much time as the body needs to repair itself. It took me a year before my head was again clear and I was able to start exercising, other than walks. It will take time. Give your body the time it needs to heal,

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