‘Two hours later and I would have been dead’

Westmead Hospital patient Valerie Sewell, 75, is looking forward to heading home next week following her lifesaving surgery.

Westmead Hospital patient Valerie Sewell is grateful to be alive after suffering a sudden rupture to a major blood vessel in her heart.

“I had an aortic aneurism explode,” Valerie said.

“Two weeks ago I was in my bathroom and after my shower I lifted my head up and ‘bang’. It was like somebody had inserted a steel band and it was tightening around me.”

Valerie was brought straight to Westmead Hospital, where a heart scan revealed the seriousness of the problem and she was immediately prepared for surgery.

“The professor who saw me saved my life. Two hours later and I would have been dead,” she said.

“The care here is absolutely brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I’ve been in here before, I’ve been in Blacktown before and they are brilliant – I can’t fault it.

“Luckily my sister is flying over from Ireland next week and that means I get to go home. There is nothing better than going home.”

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