Name: Gracie Stanwyck
Age at time of Dissection: 47
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 17 April 2013
Tell Us Your Story:
My name is Gracie, and I am a survivor of an ascending aorta dissection. I had been home from work with a very bad headache, as well as something that I couldn’t quite pinpoint. I was very restless and had a feeling of doom before my husband showed up at home unexpectedly.
He had just asked if there was anything he could get me to help me feel better when it happened. My heart jerked twice before I lost my eyesight as well as any feeling in my right leg and arm. My husband immediately called 911.
I live in a very small community, so getting an ambulance to my house only took 5 minutes. I was taken to our local hospital and then flew by helicopter to Boise, Idaho, which took 57 minutes. A team was already waiting for me to arrive.
The surgeon that saved my life will always be my hero. I now have an abdominal dissection that I have to live with, and continue to have scans to make sure there are no changes.
It is very hard to live with the knowledge that I have a very fragile aorta, but the good news is that I survived.