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December 26, 2019

Breathing Easier

Cardiothoracic surgery helps Ed Karl get back to living life.

Married for 52 years, Collins residents Ed and Dana Karl are partners in everything, especially when it comes to their health. When Ed was diagnosed with carcinoma in his lung, he and Dana tackled the challenge together with the help of Fisher-Titus.

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Ed’s care journey began this year when he had a routine stress test prior to outpatient surgery. The test indicated something in his lung. He had a pet scan and was referred to Fisher-Titus Cardiothoracic Surgeon Bassel Al-Alao, MD.

“Dr. Al-Alao was so calm and kind to us,” Dana recalls.

“He explained everything in a way that we could understand,” adds Ed.

Ed was scheduled for surgery on May 29. Since the carcinoma was contained in his lung’s lower lobe, Dr. Al-Alao was able to remove the lobe and the cancer. From diagnosis to surgery at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Ed says it was less than a month before he was fully on the road to recovery.

Al-Alao, Bassel“Fisher-Titus offers comprehensive care so patients like Mr. Karl can remain nearby during their treatment and recovery,” says Dr. Al-Alao. “Fisher-Titus offered the high-quality care he needed, close to home.”

After his surgery, Ed spent six days in the Fisher-Titus Intensive Care Unit and another day in a regular hospital room. During that week Dana spent a lot of time at Fisher-Titus, traveling to and from their home in Collins.

She explains that the convenience of having access to high-quality care close to home was important to her, and to Ed. Her husband added that not having to travel was a relief since he would normally be the one to do the driving on long trips.

From the start of his cancer journey through recovery, Ed was able to receive complete care locally – at Fisher-Titus. The Karls were also impressed by the staff’s attentiveness. “I had great care,” Ed says. “From the nurses all the way down the line, there were no disappointments.”

Over the course of Ed’s stay, the Fisher-Titus team also got to know Dana, and the couple appreciated the compassion they showed her during her husband’s care. “They were all so kind,” Dana explains. “Somebody was there for me all the time.”

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Within a month Ed was able to return to doing the things he loves, like mowing the lawn and restoring his Cushman scooters. Today, he sums up his recovery simply: “I’m feeling good.”

Now fully recovered, Ed is heading south with Dana to enjoy the winter in Alabama.

Learn more about cardiothoracic surgery at Fisher-Titus. Call 419-660-4707.

Topics: Healthy Living, heart and vascular