Stories of the Heart: Penny Guin

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By Stephanie Specht on February 27, 2018

For Penny Guin, it all started with a sore throat that just would not go away.

After various visits to the doctor, an ENT discovered an infection and admitted her to Augusta Medical.

After further tests and a move to the intensive care unit, Penny's doctors decided she needed more advanced care, so she was quickly flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for surgery.

William Magdycz, M.D., and his Carilion Clinic surgical ENT team went to work on the infection in Penny’s throat, but there was more going on.  

Carilion Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon, William Arnold, M.D., performed another surgery on Penny to get the infection, which had moved deeper into her chest, affecting her heart.

“Dr. Arnold’s team…we could not have asked for more,” said Barbara Sickels, Penny’s wife.

The surgery was a success and with the help of her care team Penny fought her way back. Now, she’s back to work and is getting her steps in to keep her heart healthy.

“It was a very positive experience for us,” said Barbara. “We had a very good outcome and we are just very grateful.”

Watch the video above to learn more about Penny's journey back to health.