Being able to stay in the region and receive outstanding surgical care is a real boost.

It’s a new program, with an excellent start. I was extremely impressed with everything. Everyone I met during my surgery provided care, second to none.

This was my second open heart surgery. The first was at VGH where I received a bioprosetic valve. Five years later it began to fail. I could have had it redone in Vancouver, but I chose to have a new mechanical valve at KGH as it could be done sooner and under the care of Dr. Fradet. I couldn’t be happier.

When I woke in ICU, I already felt better. Beyond comparing old and new valves, I experienced the benefit of cardiac care close to home. A simple but profound moment was knowing my wife did not have to drive the connector in winter conditions.

With no additional treatments needed, I was cancer free and started to heal really quickly. During my stay at KGH, I joked with my son that I had gone to great lengths to spend time with him. As a third year medical student, not only does Tyler spend a wealth of time learning from today’s surgeons, it is his dream is to become one and continue surgical advancements well into the future.