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There is nothing that eases the mind more than hearing from those who have experienced the treatments and surgical procedures you, as a patient, are about to undergo. Viewers can watch stories about how Montefiore's medical, nursing and support staff went beyond the requirements of professional care to provide a personal touch and help patients achieve a second chance at life.

Kathy O'Donnell

After suffering cardiac arrest and waking from a weeklong coma, Kathy O'Donnell learned she was suffering from severe mitral valve disease. A team at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, led by Robert E. Michler, MD, chose to repair Ms. O'Donnell's mitral valve using a procedure known as "the butterfly technique."

Jason Majihas

Seven-year-old Jason Majihas was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and given a Berlin heart - a bridge-to-transplant device. A team led by Samuel Weinstein, MD performed a heart transplant operation that has restored Jason to good health.

Rick Lyon

During an annual physical, Rick Lyon learned that he had a serious heart condition called mitral valve regurgitation. After researching his options, Mr. Lyon met with Dr. Robert Michler and decided to undergo mitral valve repair at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care.

Bob Sperling

Heart patient Bob Sperling and his wife share their story about how the technology available at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. Daniel Goldstein, MD explains how Bob was given a second chance at life by an LVAD - Left Ventricular Assist Device.

Julia Arcadipane

Heart patient Julia Arcadipane and her husband share their story about a second change at life following mitral valve replacement and at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. Julia shares how the medical, nursing and support staff at the went beyond the requirements of professional care to provide a personal touch.

Roland Lau

After researching every hospital in the New York area, heart patient Roland Lau and his wife chose the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. They share their story about how his minimally invasive open heart surgery enabled him to recovery quickly enough to be walking within 24 hours of his operation, and about the personal connection with hospital staff.

Dr. Mariano Defillo

This video tells the story of cardiologist Mariano Defillo, MD, who ran the leading medical school in the Dominican Republic, and was a mentor for Dr. Mario Garcia, Montefiore's Chief of Cardiology. Years later, the roles were reversed and Dr. Defillo came to the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care for treatment of his advanced congestive heart failure. An LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) installed by his former student saved his life and Dr. Difillo became the first person in the Domincan Republic to receive an LVAD.

Keith O'Neil

Heart patient Keith O'Neil tells the story of his experience, from a congestive heart failure diagnosis to recovery, thanks to the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) he received at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care.

Pauline DeLuca

Nonagenarian Pauline DeLuca was the country's first participant in a clinical trial involving Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery and Mitral Valve Repair the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. She shares her personal story and healing following her treatment.

Alexia Balentine

Eight year old Alexia Balentine's father shares his family's story of Alexia's heart transplant. He tells how the Montefiore team cares not only for its patients, but also for their families, forming a lifelong partnership.