Experimental heart surgery survivor to throw ceremonial pitch

A Comox woman who was one of the first people to have her broken heart fixed with an experimental surgery has been asked to throw the first pitch at an upcoming Vancouver Canadians baseball game. Sharon Daly, 67, is nervous about winding up at the Nat Bailey Stadium August 14, but she has already overcome a much bigger challenge—surviving a new kind of bovine valve operation six years ago.

“Oh my gosh! Not me,” she said, describing how it felt to be told her heart problem meant she might have just three to five years to live.

“I was in tears,” she said. “These things don't happen to me. They happen to other people.”

The situation was particularly dire because she knew open heart surgery wasn't even an option.

Drew Penner reports

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