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"Everything was Perfect and the Staff at Mercy is Exceptional."

In April, Gordy W.'s family was planning his son's upcoming wedding. They were enjoying a dinner tasting at the wedding site, the Toledo Zoo when he started not feeling well. "It was a long walk, and I became winded, sweaty, and tired going up and down the stairs," said Gordy. He confided in his daughter that he wasn't feeling well, but didn't mention anything to his wife at the time. "After that I made an appointment with my doctor; he suggested that I go right away to see my cardiologist."

The cardiologist had Gordy go for a stress test that "he didn't do well on," Gordy admits. A subsequent heart catheterization showed that a stent would not be an appropriate solution and that bypass surgery was required. The procedure was scheduled for the following week.

Gordy is no stranger to surgery; in 1999 he was in a near-fatal car accident. While in a coma, he had several surgeries, but the bypass procedure was different. "I was a little anxious because this time I was conscious - I knew what was happening."

His anxiety was immediately relieved upon meeting his Mercy cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Jim Burdine. "He came into my room as I was getting prepped for surgery and the very first thing he said was 'Gordy, you're not going to die today.'  That made me feel better!" said Gordy.

Reflecting on his experience, Gordy says "Everything was perfect and the staff here is exceptional. My nurses were great and the doctors were phenomenal. They all honestly care for you as a patient; they are concerned about how you feel."

Less than a month after his bypass surgery, he's looking forward to returning to work. He encourages others with heart-related conditions, "if you have to face heart surgery, there's only one place to go - that's St. V's. The doctors here are top-notch. They gave me my life back, and now I'm looking forward to seeing my son's wedding and hopefully to welcoming grandkids in the future!"

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