Name: Robert Yoho
Age at time of Dissection: 35
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 15 June 2008
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In June 2008, I came home from work and went to relax and stretch out on my bed when I felt a pop in my chest. I did not think anything of it at the time, but a few seconds later, my left leg started to go numb. I got up and made my way downstairs to the couch, by this time I had no feeling in my left leg. I had no idea what was going and thought that it might have just been a panic/anxiety attack. After 10-15 minutes of sitting trying to relax, I had some sharp pain shooting up from my left side through my chest. I had no clue what to do, so I yelled for help.

My neighbor heard me and came over to give me a hand. I was taken to the hospital and had emergency surgery to restore blood flow to my leg. a few days later they realized that I had a dissection of my entire aorta. I had a 14 hour surgery to repair the aorta and to replace the valve. I was allergic to heparin when caused a lot of issues during the operation and afterwards I spent 5 1/2 weeks in a coma.

A few years later in the summer of 2011, my health started to go down hill pretty fast. my blood pressure was very low and I had a lump forming on my chest right where I was cut open a few years earlier. Went back to the hospital and was told that I had an infection on the graft and valve.

The first hospital I went to said after 15 days there was nothing they were able to do and I was going to die. After leaving that hospital I went back to the one that originally did my surgery and they said they were not able to do anything but said they knew someplace to send me. I was transferred to the Hospital of the University of PA in Philadelphia where I had a re-do surgery. Have to say that now I am feeling a lot better. I still have some pain from all the operations and I hope to live a long healthy life.