Miracles at Penn Heart and Vascular Center

Marianna's Patient Story

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

At Penn Heart and Vascular, we are honored to be a part of miracles - big and small - every day.

This holiday season take some time to reflect on the miracles and blessings in your life. Here are just a few of the stories from this past year for which we are so grateful to be a part of.


Miracles affect whole communities. When Renee began to tire easily, she knew something was wrong. As an active member in her community and choir director at the local church, she was used to being on-the-go. Penn Cardiology Willingboro diagnosed Renee with valve disease and an arrhythmia that was taxing her heart. Dr. Hargrove and his team at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center performed a mitral valve repair that got Renee back to doing what she loves: helping others. Now, each Sunday, she is back in the director's seat and that's music to everyone's ears.


When you go for the gold, miracles can happen. Senior Olympics athlete Marianna Hagan was told nothing could help her A-Fib. That was until she came to Pennsylvania Hospital and Dr. Fermin Garcia. Living with shortness of breath and fatigue while training for a swimming competition was not an option for this 86-year young woman. Dr. Garcia performed an A-Fib ablation and now Marianna is back in the pool, working on her speed.


Miracles happen when there is still so much more life to live. At age 92, Albert wasn't sure he could go through open-heart surgery. But he also couldn't live without being able to get around independently. For Albert, the minimally invasive TAVR procedure and the care he received at Chester County Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was his miracle. Today, with a new aortic valve, a very happy Albert is watching his three grandkids grow and thrive.


Miracles happen when you fight for the best care. Newly pregnant with a known heart condition, Janet had been to multiple cardiologists, without comfort. This new pregnancy was putting a strain on her heart and she knew she needed to be healthy for her husband and 3-year-old daughter. Janet was scared and needed help. That's when she found Dr. Chileshe Nkonde-Price.

As she stepped into Dr. Nkonde-Price's office, it was as if time stopped and the hope she needed presented itself. Together with her high-risk ObGyn, Dr. Nkonde-Price and Janet made a plan and followed it through her pregnancy. Today, Janet is feeling every blessing as she celebrates Savani Marie's first Christmas and watches the spirit of the holiday through Avina Marie's eyes!

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