2/25/2013 2:09 PM
I am 33 years old and had my first open-heart surgery at 4 days old, to widen my aorta. I had another OHS at age 8 to patch a small hole. My third OHS came at 14 when I had my mitral valve replaced. In 2009, OHS number four to replace my aortic valve (both valves were mechanical) and I also had a portion of my aorta replaced.
After the surgery, I remained on an LVAD device and contracted MRSA and a new allergy to heparin which resulted in having my left leg amputated. I recently began going to Cleveland Clinic to discuss plans for a fifth surgery to repair holes that are causing the oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood to mix, resulting in lowered O2 sats.