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On the evening of March 12, 2013 Debbie Stevenson's whole world changed in an instant. Around 6 pm she sat down for a cup of tea, just like she does every night to relax from a long day at work. She suddenly felt a pain between her shoulder blades, ...
On the evening of March 12, 2013 Debbie Stevenson's whole world changed in an instant. Around 6 pm she sat down for a cup of tea, just like she does every night to relax from a long day at work. She suddenly felt a pain between her shoulder blades, comparable to the pain of a sucker punch. (Three weeks prior to this date one icy morning she slipped down her daughters stairs). Believing the fall to be the culprit of the back pain, she tried to get up and was completely unable to use or even move her legs. Very alarmed she made the decision to go to the ER. Where they took chest x-rays and found she had a aneurysm, the Dr. said there was nothing further they could do for her serious condition, at 12:30 am she was airlift over 2 & 1/2 hours away to the University of Washington. For the next week following she was closely monitored in ICU, each day she had an MRI and echo scan to check the progression of her aneurysm, during a review of her scans the surgeons discovered things were much worse than they had anticipated, the lower section of the same aorta also had a very weak wall. On March 18th, her Dr. came in to tell her there was no way she was going home. The tear in her artery which caused the aneurysm was not clotting and healing itself like they had hoped, surgery was the only possibility to keep her alive. This was a hard fact to take in, Dr. Mokadam the head of cardiac surgery explained the procedure, they were going to take her artery from her left arm and use it to replace her descending aorta from her heart all the way down to the beginning of her intestine, the surgery was projected to last anywhere from 6 to 10 hours depending on unexpected issues, there would be three surgeons working on her, one surgeon Dr. Mokadam would open her chest and over see her surgery. The second surgeon Dr. Smith would replace the upper part of her artery and lastly Dr. Sweet the third surgeon would replace the lower portion of her artery and attach it to her intestine. Dr. Mokadam gave all possible side effects and out comes, which included strokes, heart attack, short term or permanent paralyses of her legs, short term and long term memory loss, the possibility of bleeding out, leaving her chest open due to the need of suctioning blood out for up to three days and of course the worst case scenario death, but without surgery death was inevitable. She was told only 30% of patients with her major medical conditions even make it in to surgery. Debbie said "I am worth a fighting chance" in which Dr. Mokadam responded "I would not be here if you weren't". At 4:30 am the morning of March 19, 2013 preparation for surgery went underway. The surgery went amazingly well it lasted only 6 hours, the surgeons were able to salvage the artery from her arm and instead use a completely artificial artery. They were able to close her chest up right away because there was no excess bleeding. This helped in the prevention of short term or permanent paralysis or her left arm and legs. After waking up from surgery, there was a discovery that she suffered from multiple mini strokes, which caused nerve damage to her entire right leg, she ended up having to learn how to walk again, and some short term and long term memory loss. On March 29, 2013 she was accepted into the U of W rehabilitation center where she stayed for two weeks to work on physical, occupational and speech therapy. Keep in mind all of this happened with no medical insurance or coverage of any kind. I would like everyone to know she is and always has been a hard working dedicated woman. She has worked for the same privately owned business for the last 13 years, her boss canceled their medical coverage about 5 years ago, there are only 6 employees of which Debbie and one other employee were left with out any other medical coverage.
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