Name: Amy Kionis
Age at time of Dissection: 29
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 29 September 2005
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While 37 weeks pregnant with my second daughter, I suffered an aortic rupture. this came on suddenly and was rushed to two different hospitals where the second hospital successfully delivered my daughter and did open heart surgery.

I was given a carbomedics bi-leaflet valve in place of the part of the aorta that ruptured. On Easter Sunday 2010, I suffered another dissection. This one in the abdominal aorta. It currently measures 3.6 and no doctor around me will repair it until it reaches 5cm.

I am in pain everyday and visit the local Er frequently because of the pain. Currently no one knows why I’m in pain all the time and it’s very frustrating. I never thought that I would be a victim of two aortic dissections.