“I had a left atrial appendage occlusion in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork in November 2018. I had to stop taking my blood thinners because I had a severe bleed in my bowel. My GP, Dr Eamonn O’Grady, referred me to the Bon Secours and it turned out my haemoglobin had dropped to 6 g/dL (normal is >13 mg/dL). My blood thinners were stopped.
Dr Cróchán O’Sullivan came to me and explained a new procedure called a left atrial appendage occlusion, where a plug could be implanted in the heart in order to prevent strokes. If I had this device, I would no longer need to take the blood thinners I was taking at the time of the bleed.
Dr O’Sullivan said it was my choice and I said yes. My son is also a Doctor and he gave me an identical description of the proposed procedure. The procedure was successfully performed and a half an hour after the procedure my sister in law asked how I was doing and I said “super”.
Many thanks to my GP Dr Eamonn O’Grady and to the Bons, but especially to Dr Cróchán O’Sullivan for his exceptional care and super performance.
Words fail me.