Ron's Story

Ron has been in good health for most of his life. He was a high school athlete, a regular jogger, and he never smoked. The first sign of trouble came in December of 1996.

"I woke up in the middle of the night and felt a tingling in my right leg. I got out of bed and decided to walk it off because it was tingling quite a bit, like when your foot goes to sleep."

When Ron's arm also started going numb, his wife Sandy called an ambulance. Ron was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hereditary condition that weakened the walls of his aorta. Ron was taken to the operating room, where surgeons placed him on a heart-lung machine and performed open heart surgery to correct the congenital defect. The operation took all day, but it was a success. Ron suffered through the typical post-surgical recovery.