As a social work expert, I read people well and I knew he had seen something unusual on the screen. I went straight to my husband and told him, “Farouk, there is something wrong with me.”
That’s when I met Dr. Shetty. He sat my husband and I down and told us about the myxoma on my heart, a 2cm x 2cm tumour that was clearly visible on the echocardiogram. He explained that while the tumour was most likely benign: small portions of it were breaking off into my bloodstream, causing strokes. “Time is ticking,” he said.
It was a lot to take in and we had so many questions. Thankfully, Dr. Shetty had answers. I was to have surgery in the next couple of days and he explained the process step-by-step. First, I would have an angiogram of the heart to ensure the rest of it was healthy, then Dr. Bozinovski would perform a 4-hour procedure to remove the tumour, followed by a short stay in Royal Jubilee Hospital’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. A specialized rehabilitation program would begin eight weeks later. I was amazed by how seamlessly all the different cardiac teams worked together. I was so reassured by that.
Everything went exactly as planned. Today I am getting back to hiking and enjoying the life I had before this all happened. Looking back at the experience, I am grateful for how Dr. Shetty and the team took care of me and how quickly they dealt with the issue. We are so fortunate to have this level of care on Vancouver Island and access to equipment that helps provide world class care.
Please give today to equip caregivers like Dr. Shetty with what they need in order to continue to help people like me. Your life, or that of someone you love, may one day depend on it.”
—Mehmoona, grateful patient