William Spofford-52

Name: William Spofford
Email: spofford@mail.org
Age at time of Dissection: 52
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 30 December 1995
Tell Us Your Story:

On December 30, 1995 I was working on the ceiling in my basement when I felt something break in my chest. I was on a ladder and was able to climb down and over to the staircase going up. I called up to my daughter to call 911 and was able to climb the stairs up to the main floor.

I was able to get to the sofa to sit down. Don’t remember much after that, but did hear the sirens for the emergency squad. My wife told me later that she followed them to the house. The next thing I remember was waking up the next day in a room with bells going off almost constantly from all of the lines going into me. My wife told me later that the Hospital had contacted Dr. John Armitage when they could not decide what had happened to me and he recognized I had had an aortic dissection.

At the time, he was one of a few surgeons in the country that had been successful in treating this condition. He was able to treat the ascending tear successfully. Since then I have had multiple surgeries, with dates, surgeons and hospitals listed below. I have had all of the aorta repaired except the top arch.

12/31/95 Ascending Type A Aorta Disection repair by Dr. John Armitage at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

1/12/96 Pericardial Drainage & Effusion by Dr. John Armitage at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

3/13/96 Proximal Descending Aorta Repair & Rt. Side Stroke by Dr. John Armitage at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

3/28/96 Tracheotomy at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

10/28/98 Blood Clot Removal Right. Arm by Dr. William Sasser, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

4/18/05 Thoracoabdominal Aortic Repair by Dr. Joseph Coselli, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

6/3/09 Blood Clot Removal Left Arm and shoulder bypass by Dr. Reid W. Tribble, Columbia Heart Hospital.

1/7/10 Right iliac artery aneurysm stent by Dr. Joseph Coselli, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

3/14/12 Right iliac hernia repair by Dr. Martin C. Mirra, Baptist Hospital outpatient, Columbia, SC

1 Comment


  1. Wow! That’s a lot of work. Congrats for getting through it all and still going almost twenty years later. You must be mentally strong as well as physical to endure such an ordeal.

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