Heart Surgery Caused By A Rupture Mitral Valve

910 Words Aug 13th, 2015 4 Pages
It was the winter of 2013; I could hear my heartbeat get louder and louder as I was anxiously waiting to hear back from the doctor. Not a second passed by that I was not praying for my dad’s life. Finally, a kindhearted nurse practitioner walked through the door to give us the latest update on my dad’s condition. Her optimistic words and positive attitude gave me every ounce of hope I needed to cling onto. My dad was fighting for his life in the operating room. This was his second open heart surgery caused by a rupture mitral valve. The urgency of the situation was intensified by the backflow of blood to his lungs. My family and I had no other choice but to consent to the risky operation that had a fifty percent survival possibility. Prior to the heart attack that left him in critical state, he had given up on doctor prescribed medication and instead turned to herbal therapy. He was consuming some unusual looking liquid contained in a large amber bottle that he had brought back from Pakistan. Upon asking he expressed his frustration in complying with his doctor prescribed heart regimen. At the time I tried my best to convince him of the danger of discontinuing his heart medication but all in vain. He had found ease in taking the liquid herbs and also felt much better without all the side effects. After the nightmare we lived through, he has promised to comply with his medication. However, he still constantly complains about the side effects he experiences and his…
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