Name: Brad Padgett
Age at time of Dissection: 50
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 3 August 2012
Tell Us Your Story:

My name is Brad Padgett I am from Corpus Christi Texas. Prior to my aortic dissection on August 3, 2012 I had been diagnosed with a thinning area in the wall of my aorta. Over a two year period I was put on blood pressure medication and went in for CT scans every six months. On August 3 2012, I felt a rip in my chest, stood up and felt very faint. I went to the ER and after a CT scan was informed that I would need immediate surgery to repair my dissected aorta. I was stabilized and was prepped for surgery, while a graft and valve were being located. The procedure was 8 hours and a graft was placed on my aortic root and my valve was replaced.

The following morning I flat lined in ICU due to a blood clot and the attending nurse and ER doctor made a life saving call, they cracked my chest open and Robert Galbreath saved my life by massaging my heart. all of this was done in ICU in the bed. Once the surgeon arrived I was taken to the operating room to remove the clots. I spent the next 30 days in Bay Area Hospital in Corpus Christi Texas.

Over the 30 days my life changed spiritually. I truly believe that faith had everything to do with my second chance at life. After I was released from the hospital I made the decision to change my life style, I stopped drinking, started eating better and exercising more. I was sent home with an oxygen tank and was very weak it took several months for me to get back on my feet. Two months later around the beginning of 2013 I was told by my surgeon in Corpus Christi that I would need more surgery.

In February 2013 I went for a second opinion in Houston Texas. Dr. Joesph Coselli confirmed that I would need a stint and a full dacron sleeve over the arch and ascending area. On March 22 2013 I had the prep surgery for the big procedure, April 10 2013 I had the stint and sleeve surgery.

I spent a week at St. Lukes and was released. In the last 17 months I have had my chest opened three times, spent 40 plus days in a hospital bed, and still have a flap in the abdominal area that could need repair if it does not heal itself. I still have aches and pains, my chest is sore ie.. stiff. I exercise each day, started playing racquetball last month, go to work each day and have a positive attitude about life. I hurt and I am concerned about what might happen down the line, but I am alive and I realize know that GOD has been with me my whole life, I just never knew it until the dissection.

That’s my story…. I have never met or spoken with anyone that has had a aortic dissection. I am very positive and strong, but I am scared at the same time. It is something that is with me 24/7. Best regards Brad Padgett Corpus Christi Texas