Heart Valve Surgery Success Story

Patient Name:Janis Kielbasa
Cardiac Surgeon:Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie
Surgery Type:Mitral Valve Surgery

When I think of "MY" open heart surgery experience, I don't feel anything was taken from me.

I feel like a gift was given to me. I've always been bold and positive so it wasn't that...it was the gift, of course of good health, but mentally the gift is "not wasting time."

Nine weeks after surgery, I've come so far. I'm already walking 2 miles and back to my daily life.

God, bless my surgeon Dr. Chris Malaisrie and the Northwestern team!

-- Janice Kielbasa, aortic valve replacement patient