New thinking and innovation frees patient from fear of aneurysm rupture

Alan Richardson's abdominal aortic aneurysm grew for more than a year, because at 83-years-old, open surgery was too risky. Instead of turning him away, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center physicians fashioned a custom stent to fit his aorta.

The greatest comeback

It was just like any other night. David Nelson, a 22-year-old college football player, was out with some friends when a fight broke out. He tried to break it up. But instead David was stabbed in the heart and rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital.

A procedure to repair it all

A new mother of a 10-month-old baby boy and at 39-years-old, Karen Richman survived a combined surgery that repaired her full cardiovascular system.


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