The procedure, done in a cath lab, took 21 hours. “We wanted
to fix the entire aneurysm,” Ahmed said. “By the end, that thing
was so densely packed, full of more coils than anyone’s ever heard
of, and we were very satisfied that a clot would form and take out
the entire thing — we were confident of that. If not, we would have
gone another 12 hours. I would have done whatever it took.”
Brandi is grateful for Ahmed’s determination to find a solution:
“He took a risk on my husband when no one else would, and he
saved Jason’s life. I am so thankful for that.”
“When I woke up, I was ecstatic,” Jason said. “The fact that
I could open my eyes, see my family, hear my family, even touch
myself and say, ‘Hey, you’re alive!’”
The coil-filled aneurysm is still inside his chest and there are
no plans to remove it. “Dr. Ahmed said that could result in instant
death. I am carefully monitored through regular imaging and
follow-up visits with him.”
Surviving such a life-threatening event has changed Jason. “I
see every day as a precious gift to see my family continue to grow.
I was living on borrowed time,” Jason said. “The smiling faces of
my family and friends are why!”
Source: Heart Insight Fall 2016
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“When I woke up,
I was ecstatic.
The fact that I
could open my
eyes, see my
family, hear my
family, even touch
myself and say,
‘Hey, you’re alive!’”