David Carlotta had open heart surgery that led to a quadruple bypass and replacement of his aortic valve. The doctors also found David had an arterial aneurysm in his left leg. With an aneurysm, part of the artery swells and starts to bulge. These sometimes can be fatal. Doctors also discovered that both of the arteries leading to his kidneys were calcified, so they repaired them.
He was in a coma for 11 days. After the operations, his legs were weak and he couldn't walk.
But David said everyone in Loyola's Acute Rehabilitation Unit had a lot of fun. With lots of therapy he was able to walk with a cane. With more rehab, he finally was able to put away the cane.
"I've never been in a hospital where the people were so good," he said. He now can dance and jog and everything keeps getting better. "They saved my life."
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