Sunday, October 6, 2013

Journey of the Heart

Dr. Sharo Raissi, Lia Nicandrou, Arlys Velebir, Father Prodromos
At the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation, we are very touched and encouraged whenever we hear from those dealing with BAV and the complications of thoracic aortic disease. We take our mission very seriously, knowing that all around the world we share a common experience with families who have BAV and variations of thoracic aortic disease.

The story we share here, of one young man's journey seeking answers and help, spans the many miles between the island of Cyprus and southern California. It would seem highly unlikely that a young man living in a monastery high in the mountains of Cyprus would find his way to the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation. It would seem even less likely that doors would open that would make it possible for his surgery to be performed here. And critically important for this young man, he would find himself in hands that not only could deal with his ascending aortic aneurysm, but also with the strands of tissue clinging to his 13 year old mechanical valve.

His story, in his own words, is on the BAF website - Journey of the Heart .

We are very grateful that Father Prodromos has so graciously shared his experience with others,

Helping us in our mission, 
and creating a climate of hope,

Arlys Velebir
Chairman and President,
Bicuspid Aortic Foundation

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