GOOD NEWS STORY - Rare Heart Surgery Saves Pregnant Woman And Baby
Pregnant woman is super lucky to have discovered her heart condition before it killed her and her baby.
Malisa was 38 weeks pregnant when she started having intense chest pains and went to the ER to have them checked out. The 37-year old California woman was reassured when doctors told her the baby was fine, but she had a heart murmur. She was released and when she followed up with a cardiologist the next week, she learned her condition was much more serious.
Tests confirmed Malisa had an aortic dissection, which instantly kills about half of people who have it! The miracle is she lasted long enough to have the diagnosis made,” cardiac surgeon Dr. Richard Shemin explains. “She is really quite lucky.”
Makusa had a c-section and baby Connor was born healthy, weighing six pounds, three ounces, and then mama immediately had open-heart surgery. Everything went well and Malisa is now recovering and loving on her infant son. This experience has taught her to “listen to your body,” she says. “You need to make sure you’re taking care of you.”