John Harrity

Imagine: You are playing a weekly pick-up basketball game with friends. You are in great shape — trim, fit and competitive. But suddenly, you’re short of breath. You sit on the sideline, something you’re not known to do. Your friends take notice. When they ask what’s wrong, you say, “Call 911.” You don’t remember anything…

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Taylor Givens and Collin Kobelja’

Against All Odds Inova heart transplant patients, who never met while receiving lifesaving care in adjoining hospital rooms, reconnected and found enduring love On Taylor Givens and Collin Kobelja’s first date, the couple paused their dinner for a medicine break. Both needed to take anti-rejection drugs to help sustain their transplanted hearts. “It was a…

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He Lives History Every Day Inova Heart & Vascular Institute patient story: Arnald D. Gabriel World War II veteran Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, 91, had somewhere very important to be on December 7, 2016. A combat machine gunner with the United States Army’s famed 29th Infantry Division and Conductor Emeritus of the U.S. Air Force…

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Living with Heart Swift decision to perform lifesaving surgery pulls retiree through harrowing experience. Expert physicians and surgeons at Inova Alexandria and Inova Fairfax Hospitals evaluated and treated Mr. Fleet with emergency aortic arch and aortic valve replacement. One afternoon last April, Clyde Vogie Fleet was attending a friend’s retirement party at a restaurant in…

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Victory on the Home Front All the way from Kosovo: A U.S. Army specialist with rapidly declining heart function due to infection was transferred via Macedonia, then Germany, then Walter Reed Medical Center, and finally to Inova to receive life-saving care. The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine took the burden off his heart and lungs…

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A Journey to Better Health For one Missouri man, care at Inova Loudoun’s Heart and Vascular Institute is worth the 13-hour trip By now, Jim Miller and his wife Teresa practically know by heart the route from their home in Hannibal, Missouri, to the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute – Schaufeld Family Heart Center at…

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