Medical City Heart Patient Success Stories

Recently 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.

Jerry

Jerry

Open-Heart Survivor

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.
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Martha

Martha

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Patient

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.
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Joe

Joe

Chooses Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery

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.
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Karl

Karl

Aortic Valve Replacement Saves Kidney Transplant Patient

Karl Mohler and his wife are preparing to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary. They’re thinking about a trip to the Bahamas. In 2012, however, he wasn’t sure he would see another year. Karl was diagnosed with kidney disease several years ago. As it turned out, that diagnosis may have saved his life. While undergoing testing to determine his readiness for a kidney transplant, his physician found another diagnosis that shocked him: aortic stenosis.
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