Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner recently had the chance to thank the doctor who saved his life during a video chat shared by Rudd Heart and Lung Center at the University of Louisville Health at the Jewish Hospital and was part of a report by local station WHAS 11.
Faulkner was performing with Judas Priest at Louder Than Life in Louisville on September 26 when he suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection. He managed to complete the last song of the ensemble, before being taken to the Rudd Heart and Lung Center where he underwent a 10-hour surgery with a team led by Dr Siddharth Pahwa replacing an aortic valve and a replacement. of the ascending aorta by a replacement hemiarch.
“Mr. Faulkner is alive today because the stars aligned,” Dr. Pahwa told WHAS 11. “He had an exceptional emergency care team, he was close to a world-class heart center and he quickly recognized that he needed help. “
While Faulkner recently posted an update via social media for fans revealing what happened on September 26 and his gratitude for everyone involved and the support he has received since, the guitarist has also appeared. by video to chat with Dr Pawha.
“You saved my life. My little girl saw me come home and that says it all, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. There really is nothing more to say than that really.” Faulkner said, appearing from his bed after being released from the hospital.
“It just means the most to see our patients heal and be happy and healthy after this long procedure. We are very happy to see how you have done and how you have progressed and you will be back very soon to entertain people,” a added Dr Pawha.
Faulkner then offered to get tickets to the doctor the next time he was in town, which received the doctor’s approval.
“You gave me everything back, so whatever I can give you back is fine with me,” the guitarist added later. See the WHAS 11 chat video here.
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