Name: Gary Brown
Age at time of Dissection: 56
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 24 March 2014
Tell Us Your Story:
My name is Gary Brown and on the morning of March 24th 2014 while at work at about 8:30 am, I suddenly felt weakness in my legs and minor pain in my ears and throat. I suddenly felt tired and weak all over but no serious pain at all. I told my boss that I felt sick and I was immediately attended to by in house paramedics. I was eventually taken to the hospital where my blood pressure was taken many times and many EKGs.
Both were normal over the next three hours and then I was given a ct scan where the problem finally showed itself. Within an hour I was on a helicopter headed for Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis which was a forty five minute flight. I was being prepped for surgery quickly while the surgeon was explaining everything. The whole time I was in disbelief because I still had no pain. I woke up in the ICU the next morning with everyone telling me I was very lucky to still be there. Now, it is eleven weeks later and I am doing rehab and feeling well.
I was six weeks out before any strength came back even though I was walking a mile a day. As far as I was concerned this came out of nowhere but after surgery I was told this condition was due to marfans syndrome. I am still unsure what the future holds or what my life expectancy is now but worrying won’t help. I was in good shape before this happened. I lifted weights, did yoga, chelates, and other things in the gym.
For now, I am recovering and won’t be going back to work for another month. But, I do feel great now.