Nicole posted a note for Cheryl that says:
This is Cheryl's daughter. My beautiful mum passed away on September 15, 2014. After her heart attack she suffered from heart failure. She was admitted to St Vincents Hospital in Sydney and was there for 4 months waiting for a heart transplant. The team implanted a BiVAD battery operated heart pump on both ventricles on July 8th. Only 14 people in Australia have ever had the procedure. They hoped they would keep her heart beating until January when she would be strong enough for a transplant. She passed away 6 weeks later from a brain bleed. I hope her strength inspires others. And I am so thankful that the community here gave her company during her uncertain hours.
Clare posted a note for Cheryl that says:
You have been through a lot. I will say a prayer for you and your family.
I had my bicuspid valve replaced 1/9/14 and am learning patience every day.
From St. Louis, Missouri
John O\'Neill posted a note for Cheryl that says:
When this is done and over with you will be able to run. I had been running for ten years to maintain my weight after losing 100 pounds. I didn't think being short of breath while running was more than just normal aging. I am now 62 years old. My surgery was 4-27-2009 at the Mayo Clinic. I ran my first ever marathon thirteen months after surgery. I also had a bicuspid aortic valve, aortic aneurism, and needed one bypass. I can not imagine you and your mother without a full time care giver for the first two weeks. Search John O'Neill on this site,for more information as there were not heart valve journals back then. I got a mechanical valve and am on Warfarin with no problems. My doctors figured with my lifestyle and activity level I would wear out a tissue valve in no time. I had no idea i had a problem until i passed out after a race. My thoughts and prayers are with you. You will not believe how much your life will improve after you heal up after this surgery.
Ernie posted a note for Cheryl that says:
Welcome. You will need to rely on on friends and family a bunch, so be sure and get a good support group to help you. Recovery can be frustrating, so you'll have to try and be patient. Pain isn't bad, so don't worry too much about that. Have confidence in your doctors. You'll do great.
Joe posted a note for Cheryl that says:
I had my aortic valve replaced on 8/2/13. It was bicuspid and extremely calcified and I was experiencing symptoms. The fact is that a bicuspid calcified aortic valve will require surgery at some point. I just want to let you know that in my case the surgery went well. My hospital stay was 5 nights and now 2 months later I am probably at 75% and feeling so much better.
Best of luck to you!
Carol Foster posted a note for Cheryl that says:
Welcome to the HVS community! I found this site to be very supportive and informative. Posting your questions and feelings will usually bring others out to share their experiences. It's nice to not feel so alone through this. Best Wishes!