Rockland man celebrates Father's Day after surviving deadly abdominal aortic aneurysm

Doctors say that up to 90% of people who experience a ruptured aneurysm don't survive.

News 12 Staff

Jun 13, 2024, 11:56 AM

Updated 41 days ago

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James Guardino, of Chestnut Ridge, is celebrating Father's Day with a newfound appreciation for life after surviving a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm in March.
The 70-year-old initially thought he had a stomach bug, but the pain turned out to be a life-threatening condition. Doctors say that up to 90% of people who experience a ruptured aneurysm don't survive.
Guardino was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, where doctors acted quickly to save his life. After eight days and a 12-inch scar on his stomach, he was able to return home to his family.
"If it wasn't for the doctors being there, these guys were my angels," Guardino said. "I could never thank them enough."
Dr. Robin Kim, a physician at Good Samaritan Hospital, emphasized the importance of seeking medical attention immediately if someone suspects they may have an aneurysm. "If there's any question, any doubt, you don't feel good, you have to come to the emergency room," she said.
Dr. Michael Schwartz, another physician at the hospital, added that a timely diagnosis is crucial for survival. "It's the timing of the first diagnosis that really leads to survival," he said.
Guardino is grateful to be alive and able to celebrate Father's Day with his loved ones. "I'm so happy to be here," he said. "I'm going to make the most of every day."


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