Chicago, IL, Unregistered surgeon [What's this?]
"There is no doubt in my mind and actual fact that without Dr. McGee's intervention, my fate would have been totally different from the actual outcome. Without his intervention, the result would have been a series of unfortunate events and my survival rate would have been severely compromised. The impetus for the calamity of events prior to the care I received from Dr. McGee is from total miscommunication and the lack of a "team" approach towards a diagnosis. My story is no more important than the next person's traumatic and heart-wrenching plight for survival and seeking the best medical care. The differentiating factor in my case is that I was an emergency medi-flight patient from a community hospital to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. After almost two (2) months of unexplained continuous symptoms and various prescribed medications, that did nothing to reduce the symptoms (merely exacerbate the situation), I now felt that I would find some answers. Upon my medi-flight arrival, a team of nurses and doctors revolved around me for the next 72 hours in the Cardiac Transplant ICU. My care was continuous and carefully monitored and executed throughout my hospitalization. Dr. McGee assembled a wonderful team to take care of my every need. The heart transplant team was preparing all the necessary paperwork for a heart transplant and ensuring that my family and I were fully educated of all the steps necessary prior to a heart transplant. However, after careful and diligent review of all my test results, it was concluded that the symptoms were caused from a defective aortic valve and repairs were necessary to the other valves in my heart. Consequently, a bovine aortic valve replacement and valvuloplasty, which strengthens the cusps to provide more support and to let the valve close tightly for the other valves, were performed. The most disheartening thought about this entire history of events is that the symptoms that I presented with originally were treated separately and not communicated properly with the supposed “team” of cardiologists in the practice. The various diagnoses were from bronchitis, an enlarged gall bladder to cardiomyopathy. If only all the doctors, from the same practice, could have actually communicated with each other, I may have been spared so many days of physical and emotional anguish. Dr. Edwin McGee epitomizes intelligence and integrity together with extraordinary surgical skills that every heart patient is searching for in a doctor. He not only assembled a highly skilled team, but also continuously and personally follows his patient’s status. I must admit that my care did lack pompousness, condescension, and arrogance. However, in its place was true concern for the life of another human being. Part of the Hippocratic oath states: “I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and therapeutic nihilism. I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.” I have reaped in the reward that my Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgeon; Dr. Edwin McGee read and comprehended this oath. He truly is an amazing physician with an equally amazing team. Thank you for saving my life, Dr. McGee. "
Posted by Maria Leibold