Stories of the Heart: Felicitas Bean

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By Katherine Cork on February 18, 2017

Felicitas Bean was living in North Carolina when a CAT scan revealed that she had an aortic aneurysm, or bulge in the wall of the aorta, that measured 3.1 centimeters. Her daughter, Sonia Howes, moved her mother to be with her in Roanoke to ensure that she got the continuous care she needed for her condition. Over time the aneurysm grew to 6 centimeters and Felicitas’ doctor recommended surgery to repair it.  
 
Once Felicitas was cleared for surgery, she was apprehensive but ready. 

“They all saved my life,” said Felicitas. “The doctors, the nurses – everybody was great.”
 
After the successful procedure, Felicitas now has peace of mind because she no longer has to worry about her condition, and she credits her care team.
 
“We wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else,” added Sonia.
 
Watch the video below to see Felicitas and Sonia tell their story.