Name: Tammie Purcell
Age at time of Dissection: 40
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 27 August 2011
Tell Us Your Story:

I experienced a Type A aortic dissection in the 9th month of my pregnancy in August of 2011. MANY people were involved in an emergency caesarian, life flight and open-heart surgery all within the span of 12 hours.

My story can be read on the following link

The story was published in the local newspaper in Akron, Ohio on Christmas Day, 2011. They also produced a piece on the television news on Mother’s Day weekend the following spring. You could probably still watch that online, too, though I don’t know how to find the link.

I do want to say, the experience I went through was life-changing, humbling, frightening and wonderful all at the same time. I believe my survival was miraculous. The fact that I was able to give birth to a healthy son and can now raise him, with both of us healthy and strong is a testimony to God’s saving grace and to the skills and dedication of dozens of doctors, nurses, surgeons, paramedics and other medical personnel at both Akron City Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.