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

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