My wife had an aortic valve replacement done at Morristown Medical Center. 45 minutes later, her blood pressure significantly dropped. The doctors were quick enough to do an emergency bypass and brought her back. Unfortunately, during the bypass procedure, she suffered a stroke to her right side. Now, three years later, she's doing fine and recovered to a normal level of mobility.
Not so good for her younger sister who was diagnosed as needing a aortic valve replacement which was performed at a NJ shore area hospital. During recovery in ICU, she developed a fever and her white blood cell count increased. Unknown, until several hours later, her feeding tube came out and her abdominal cavity filled with the stomach contents. Although, it was very difficult to get an answer, I believe I heard words such as peritonitis and sepsis. It's now been seven months, she's on dialysis and never been out of bed except back and forth between ICU.
A couple of days ago, she was sent back to ICU for low blood pressure and vomiting. The medical response, she has a mass in her abdomen and they don't know what's wrong. They said they are just trying to make her comfortable (what ever that means). Today (11/18/17), during a visit, she appeared motionless and didn't seem to recognize her sister. The sad part, my wife whispered into her sisters ear about being with mom, dad and her other sister and that she's not that far behind. She whispered goodbye.