Squamish nun breathes easier after aortic valve replaced while she's wide-awake (St. Paul's Hospital)
Sister Theresa Stickley felt exhausted and out of breath as she walked the halls of the Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish.
A diseased aortic valve in her 83-year-old heart meant it was pumping only a fraction of the blood that her head, lungs and body needed to function properly.
Stickley’s fate changed Monday morning, however, when doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital performed a laparoscopic miracle on her frail heart with a revolutionary new procedure called the Vancouver 3M Clinical Pathway for transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Nick Eagland reports