Family travels from Rome to Ann Arbor to save their daughter’s life

fetal cardiac intervention Ryan and Ellen Reedy had some challenges getting pregnant with their first child, so when they discovered in February 2013 that they were expecting, they were over the moon with joy. The two originally met in college.  After getting married, they moved outside of Rome, Italy, where Ryan serves as the Vice Director of their alma mater’s Rome Program. They planned to have their baby in Italy, a place they love.

Their plans took a dramatic turn in late June when a routine ultrasound found a spot on their baby’s heart. The doctor told them not to worry, it was probably just a calcification that would go away. Shortly after that, they had further ultrasounds and a fetal echocardiogram. This time the news was not good.

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Cardiovascular Center celebrates 200th TAVR, new hope for aortic patients

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Genevieve Boguszewski, 87, enjoying life after TAVR to replace aortic valve.

Slowing down with age was something Genevieve Boguszewski simply couldn’t accept. By age 87, a body changes but she suddenly couldn’t manage her own gardening or vacuum a rug. She needed oxygen just to get around.

Following care at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center to replace a diseased aortic valve, she’s not just getting older, but better. Elderly patients like her often cannot tolerate open heart surgery, but with the TAVR procedure, valve replacement was possible.

“I could tell from the look on his face how far I’d come,” she says of her 30-day follow-up visit with University of Michigan interventional cardiologist Stanley Chetcuti, M.D. “He said I didn’t look like the same person. I definitely don’t feel like the same person. I told him ‘It’s because of you that I feel good again.’ “

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