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Mike (no last name given) -47

Name: Mike not needed
Email: mtellsw@aol.com
Age at time of Dissection: 47
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 25 December 2011
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It’s really too long to write or type for that matter, but in summary, i had been training to run a marathon and on Christmas morning i ran a quick 7 miles after opening presents with kids and family. it was later that night after the days festivities that disaster struck.

I had just got ready for bed around 11pm when i felt a pronounced “pop” in my chest followed by intense heartburn and then pain down my right leg. I tried to ignore it by drinking water and sleeping but it didn’t help. my father had died during surgery for an Aortic Aneurysm and that memory kept me awake so i called my fiance’ and told her to take me to hospital or I was going to dial 911.

My fiance took me to hospital where i was diagnosed with a type A dissection of aorta . I was then rushed by helicopter to Beaumont hospital in royal oak Michigan. I survived the surgery to repair aorta and also a section of my femoral artery.

I suffered a massive stroke during surgery. i was in coma for 3 weeks then i spent 3 months in a rehabilitation program relearning how to walk ect. because of stroke.

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