Check out this incredible story of a Staten Island grandmother who underwent a rare heart surgery at Mount Sinai Morningside—and recovered just in time for Mother’s Day. ♥️
When Nancy Lopez developed a life-threatening aortic aneurysm, the team at Mount Sinai Heart at Morningside knew they had to get creative.
Nancy’s journey began when she had a sudden, massive aneurysm of the aorta. Once diagnosed, Nancy was transferred by ambulance for specialty care at @MountSinaiMorningside
The case was complicated because Nancy had severe emphysema as the result of smoking, in addition to other lung issues. The doctors didn’t think she would be able to survive open heart surgery. And if she did survive, she would probably have to go on a ventilator, which would make her situation even more precarious.
Dr. Gabriele Di Luozzo and Dr. Daniel Han got creative and brainstormed another plan—a minimally invasive stenting procedure. This procedure would avoid the risks of open heart surgery and spare her brain from a lack of blood.
But in order to treat the aneurysm, they would place the stent through access points in both the neck and the groin, a rare procedure that has only been performed about 50 times in the world—and never in the New York area.
“Not many centers offer this procedure. It’s a very unique operation, and we have all the resources at Mount Sinai,” Dr. Han said. “We had a very good result, a speedy recovery, and no respiratory issues. She went home a few days after surgery. She didn’t suffer a stroke, and all organs were working well.”
In fact, Nancy made it home just in time for Mother’s Day, which she celebrated with her husband, Miguel, her children, and three granddaughters.