Sep 23 2019
The 54-year-old Michigan resident with a congenital heart defect and a history of aortic valve replacement surgery was on a business trip in Chicago, when he began having difficulty breathing in the middle of the night and was taken by ambulance from his hotel to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Despite a diagnosis of acute severe aortic insufficiency, necessitating aortic valve replacement surgery within 24 to 48 hours, the surgery was delayed for approximately 2 weeks for what the patient’s team of physicians suspected was pneumonia and endocarditis. By the time his valve surgery commenced, his heart had weakened beyond repair and he suffered multi-system organ failure, dying shortly after surgery. He died shortly following the procedure. He is survived by his wife of 28 years and two adult daughters.