New heart valve improves Oklahoma woman's quality of life

 


BIXBY, Okla. (AP) — Rachel Tafoya had one doctor after another tell her that her time on Earth was limited.

Born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart defect at birth, she underwent surgery after surgery for nearly 40 years.

Then, about two years ago, she felt the end was near. She could no longer walk or drive. She was tired all of the time.

"For an entire year, I spent all of my time under a blanket on my couch or in my bed," Tafoya said. "We were working with hospice, preparing for what happens next."

Then, something extraordinary happened. Dr. Wayne Leimbach, her Tulsa cardiologist at Oklahoma...



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