Category: Teens

Nat Honey -14

Name: Nat Honey
Email: nathoneym@hotmail.com
Age at time of Dissection: 14
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 4 August 2016
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My 14 year old daughter died from a ruptured thoracic aorta 2 weeks ago. She had always been relatively healthy, sporty and fit. She had chest pains and nausea suddenly on 4th August, on a regular evening when hanging out at home. I decided quickly to take her to the emergency department at the hospital. An incredible Irish ER doctor, through tenacity and experience was eventually able to identify the problem. She was rushed into emergency surgery.

8 hours later they had replaced her aortic valve and a large part of her ascending aorta. We anxiously waited for her to wake. She was ok. 10 days in hospital, then sent home. We were given specialist appointments to follow up – she had been almost certainly diagnosed with Marfans. Her aorta was badly dissected all the way down to her abdomen, and badly dilated in the thoracic region. We were given a date for more open heart surgery – 2 weeks after she’d left hospital. It would involve a vascular surgeon also.

Massive surgery. She never made it to the surgery – booked for the 9th September. Instead that was the day of her funeral. She died suddenly one day from a massive rupture, it was exactly what I was afraid of. Her case is now the subject of a colonial investigation. Her father, siblings and I are now grieving the loss of our beautiful girl, gone within 4 weeks of her first symptoms. Devastating.

Ryan Palludan-18

Name: Deborah Palludan
Email: dolphyndeb@aol.com
Age at time of Dissection: 18
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 18 August 2013
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My son Ryan died on 8/18/13 from a ruptured aortic dissection. He was 18 years old and had just checked into college. I had taken him to the ER two months earlier with acute onset of chest pain that woke him up. His BP was 167/72, they did an EKG that was normal as my father died suddenly at age 36. They did not recheck his BP and said he had CostoChondritis. They went on to say that they had never seen a teenager present to the ER with chest pain that had a cardiac reason.

When Ryan developed pain to his back and abdomen when working out that was acute we thought it was a bad pulled muscle and not cardiac related because of what the ER doctors said. He continued to have pain and died in his sleep from a ruptured dissection and tear in the aorta that resulted in a hemopericardium. The ME report showed evidence of an old dissection. Can you be asymptomatic after the initial dissection clots? And what else could have been done in the ER. They did not do an CXR pedal pulses or repeat his BP prior to discharge.

Donna Atkin’s son-17

Name: Donna Atkins
Email: croo3301@bellsouth.net
Age at time of Dissection: 17
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 14 March 2007
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My son woke me up on March 14 at 12:30 am with sever pain in his chest and the back of his neck. I took him to Thomas Hospital in Fairhope Alabama. We had to wait over 3 hours before he was seen. The doctor claimed he had pleurisy and sent him home. He died at home 11 days later. I later found out that his heart rate in the ER was 50.

His blood pressure was also a lot lower than it was the month before when he was there for another reason. This hospital has the latest Cardiology equipment but chose not to use it. The ER doctor also gave him double the dose of IV pain medicine for an adult male and sent us home. I am not quite sure if it was the ascending or descending dissection.

I have it in his medical file. The lost of a child is one heart break that not even time can heal. My beautiful baby died at home on Sunday March 25, 2007

Beth Harris-17

Name: Beth Harris
Email: hustonbethany06@yahoo.com
Age at time of Dissection: 17
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 23 January 2002
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While most people have an aorta dissection due to an anurysum, I on the other hand was in a car accident that caused my aortic arch to rupture, I was being compared to princess Diana and had no idea why during my two month stay in the hospital.

It was not until I got home and was able to research what had just happen to me that I was amazed, that I was so very lucky and thankful to be alive. I’m 26 today and I have two children ages 7 & 9. I have my rough days, but I know that is I could overcome that obstacle then I could overcome any.


I have been experiencing pain in my chest and my heart doctor thinks it is related to the surgery. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so what was your diagnosis as to why you are experiencing the sharp pain in your chest?

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