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Local Veteran In Heart Valve Study

Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

A World War II veteran from Milford continues his life of service
this Independence Day week in a very unique way. He is part of a
breakthrough clinical trial at the Christ Hospital helping to save
lives!

Local 12's Liz Bonis tells us about it in today's Medical Edge.

Ellis
Atchison and his wife Norma-Jean have quite a history. It's in his
memoirs, now online for all to read. He shares stories of a life of
service, to God and country, as both a World War II and Korean War
veteran:

Ellis Atchison, Patient: "During Korea, I commanded an
intelligence unit in Hawaii, and in addition to that, prior to that, I
was a security officer to the Secretary to Defense."

Recently,
however, he found himself battling something he'd never encountered
before. At age 97, Doctor Dean Kereiakes, an interventional
cardiologist, told him he needed a valve replaced due to what's called
critical aortic stenosis. The problem was that this man who had served
his country for so long, was not a candidate for open heart surgery. It
was just too risky, so Doctor Kereiakes enrolled him in a breakthrough
trial, which allowed him still to continue to serve others.

It's
is called the Partner II Trial. Just by participating in it, Atchison
will help doctors compare a newer technique for placing a collapsible
valve in the heart. As this animation, courtesy of the Edwards Sapien
X-T Valve shows, it is inserted through a small incision and run up the
heart on a small tube called a catheter before it is expanded.

Dr. Dean Kereiakes, The Chirst Hospital: "It's where we replace the aortic valve without open heart surgery."

So far, for Atchison, it has worked wonders.

"I feel like I'm a new person, and to do most anything I did before, and I've done a lot of things."

Things this Independence Day week for which all of us want to say thank you, including Doctor Dean Kereiakes.

"I
do, I really do, when you read his memoirs of World War II, it's quite
moving. Very good, very good, as I told you in my office, you're my
idol."

For more details on this trial -- or on those memoirs liz mentioned -- click on the red "get it" button. The trial will follow patients for at least the next five years.









Local Veteran In Heart Valve Study


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