• Home
  • Patient Stories

Our Patients' Stories

Recently five Dallas Valve Institute patients generously gave of their time and energy, to travel back to the Medical City. Some had their surgeries as recently as a few months ago, while others have been doing well for more than two years. They agreed to share their stories, through television, print media, and the website, so that other patients suffering from heart disease could hear their message of hope. Click below to read their stories.


Two years ago, Martha was told life-saving open-heart surgery was not an option. Today, she’s giving back to other patients. All across the Medical City NICU, you can spot the signs that Martha Godwin was here. Pink, purple and blue knit caps are snugly tucked around the ears of tiny infants, a warm reminder that Godwin cares about them. Godwin knitted for most of her life. A few years ago...

Read more about Martha's Story >


Last year, Betty’s heart was so weak she couldn’t walk across a room. Today, she’s planning a trip across the country. For years, Betty experienced chest pain and breathing difficulties. She lived with the pain until it got so bad that she couldn’t walk across a room. Frustrated, she finally went to the hospital and was told that she had a heart murmur. But because of her weak condition...

Read more about Betty's Story >


Joe thought he was feeling weak because of his age. It was really his heart. Thanks to Medical City, he’s on his way to celebrating his 100th birthday. Born in Melissa, Texas, Joe’s family came to Fort Worth, Texas in 1918 when he was just 5 years old. He worked at a steel company and was drafted into the war in 1942. After living what he calls a normal life, he’s excited about reaching age 100 – a birthday...

Read more about Joe's Story >


Two years ago, Wanda was told she wouldn’t survive open-heart surgery. Today, she’s rocking out to her own beat. At 87 years old, Wanda Huckabee still knows how to bring down a house. She’s been playing guitar most of her life, and hosts jam sessions at her home in Copperas Cove, Texas, each week. Once a month, she heads to a music hall...

Read more about Wanda's Story >


After open-heart surgery, Jerry was ready to give up. Now he’s back on the golf course. Three times a week you could find Jerry on a golf course playing his favorite game. But slowly, Jerry started becoming more and more tired, as his stamina diminished to nothing. By early 2011, he’d given up on just about everything, including his golf game. He was too weak to play, and he knew...

Read more about Jerry's Story >

Return to Dallas Valve Institute