Andrew Chambers of Murrell’s Inlet survived a life-threatening aortic abdominal aneurysm (AAA) last fall, thanks to the quick work and expertise of a team of vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists at MUSC. Headed by vascular surgeon Jacob Robison, M.D., and interventional radiologist Claudio Schonholz, M.D., the team was waiting for Chambers when he was flown to MUSC by helicopter for emergency treatment.
Physicians at Chambers’ hometown hospital had detected a AAA using ultrasound when trying to ascertain why he was experiencing excruciating pain in his abdomen and contacted MUSC immediately to schedule a AAA repair surgery. Unfortunately, Chambers’ AAA ruptured as he was being wheeled into surgery — an occurence that very few patients survive. Watch as Chambers, Robison and Schonholz explain why Chambers was in the right place with the right medical team and technology to save his life: Video of Andrew’s Story
March is AAA Awareness Month. Learn more about AAA at www.MUSChealth.com/AAA