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I never imagined I'd find a world-class heart surgeon at Butler

  • Author: Carl Grady
  • Date Submitted: Sep 15, 2021
  • Category: Cardiology

“ I never imagined I'd find a world-class heart surgeon at Butler”

I was a police officer for 32 years, so I’ve been in some scary situations. But I’ve never been more scared than when I was told I had a bad aortic valve and needed an operation to live. I could have gone south to Pittsburgh, but I decided to head north to Butler Health System because of the reputation of their cardiology department. After talking with Dr. El-Khatib, my surgeon, I was so comfortable that I said, “I’m putting my life in this guy’s hands.” He put my new heart valve in.