Flying cross country amid coronavirus pandemic for heart surgery: One patient’s success story | Mitral Valve Repair Center Skip to main content

By Kayla Rivas

Jul. 15, 2020 | Fox News Health
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Jeffrey Street’s unruptured aortic aneurysm was stretching his aortic valve with severe leakage. A life-saving surgery awaited him in New York City, but that required a cross-country flight amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“When we operated on him we actually saw a little tear in the aorta right where the aneurysm was. ... I mean, you can’t get any closer than this to dying,” Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, director of aortic surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System, told Fox News.

Street, 59, was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, or a congenital aortic malformation where the heart has two leaflets, or cusps, instead of three.

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