Aortic Disease Patient Stories

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Transfer to UMMC Saves Aortic Dissection Patient

Anthony Leach, who was treated for an aortic dissection at the University of Maryland Medical CenterAnthony Leach was up early, making breakfast for his girlfriend and grandchildren when he started experiencing chest pain. He tried to shake it off, thinking it was gas.

The problem was much worse: an aortic dissection, a medical emergency which needed immediate attention if his life was to be saved. After being transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center, he received life-saving surgery that gave him a new lease on life.

Read about Anthony's aortic dissection surgery and recovery.



Long-time Couple Married in Hospital After Emergency Surgery

Karen Amon with her husband CarloKaren Amon was alone at her home when her aortic aneurysm burst. Luckily, she had her cell and home phones within reaching distance, and she called 911 on one phone, her daughter on the other.

Dr. Bradley Taylor, driving back to his Pennsylvania home, turned around when he received the call about the emergency surgery. He made it to the University of Maryland Medical Center in time to perform life-saving surgery on Karen.

Read about Karen's emergency surgery which led to her marriage at UMMC.


Life-saving Aortic Surgery at University of Maryland

Carl Adams was outside working one day and all of a sudden felt chest pains. He thought he was having a heart attack, but after a trip to the hospital it was discovered that he had an aortic tear. In a pinch, he and his family decided to come to the University of Maryland Medical Center because of previous positive experiences. Carl made a full recovery after surgery. Watch this video to hear more about Carl's story.


Sculptor Back to Work After Open-Heart Surgery

Carl Wright received successful aortic valve replacement surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center from Bradley Taylor, MD, MPH. His wife, Jody, produced this video to tell their story and show their appreciation to the entire UMMC staff. Watch their story here:

After years of monitoring, surgery repairs aortic aneurism

Mike Bryant had an aortic aneurysm that was being monitored by his cardiologist. For five years he was screened regularly to keep an eye on it, but it kept growing in size.

His cardiologist sent him to the University of Maryland Medical Center's Dr. Rajabrata Sarkar, who recommended surgery. Since the operating, Mike has seen daily improvement in his health.