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  • 1.  Inroducution

    Posted 06-27-2018 10:53
    ​​I everyone.  My name is Ira and this is my first post.  I had emergency quintuple bypass surgery on February 13, 2018 after what I was told was a mild heart attack, and then spent the next 13 days intubated and sedated after contracting bacterial pneumonia and c diff.  When I entered inpatient rehab on March 5, 2018, I was so weak that I couldn't even sign my name to the rehab intake form.  After three weeks at inpatient rehab, another six weeks at outpatient rehab and my own workouts at the gym and on a walking program, I am now back to work and rapidly regaining my strength.  I feel so blessed to be alive and want to thank all the people who worked so hard to save my life.  I feel I can best do that by helping and sharing my experiences with other survivors.

    Ira Reid
    Baker & McKenzie LLP
    New York NY

  • 2.  RE: Inroducution

    Posted 06-29-2018 11:01
    Hi Ira,

    Welcome to our community. I'm so glad you are here with us! My name is Andrea and I am a staff member here at Mended Hearts and also have a child with a congenital heart defect. It sounds like you have been through a lot and you are thriving now! Thank you for being here to share your experiences and to help others.

    I look forward to hearing more about your experiences! Welcome!


    Andrea Baer
    Director of Patient Advocacy
    Mended Hearts/Mended Little Hearts
    Grapeville PA
    Director of Patient Advocacy