A longtime NxNE patient and retired London firefighter, Pete came for a visit and described some worrisome symptoms to Dr. Michele Babaie – fainting one night before bed, lightheadedness and stomach upset. Pete (pictured at right with Dr. Babaie) isn’t one to complain and might have avoided seeking care altogether or glossed over these symptoms during a visit. He trusted the staff at North by Northeast and knew he would be treated well and get solid advice. Dr. Babaie took the time to get the full story and recognized how serious the situation could be. She sent Pete and his wife Michelle straight to the Legacy Emanuel emergency room, where he was admitted to the hospital. Further testing showed an almost complete blockage of one of his main coronary arteries. A week later he underwent triple bypass surgery. The cardiologist told him that this condition is called “the widowmaker,” and that it was only a matter of days or weeks before he’d have had a catastrophic and likely fatal heart attack.
Pete says, “No doubt, the fact that Dr. Babaie sent me in right away saved my life.” His wife Michelle, also an NxNE patient, has a new appreciation for our staff – “I always felt with the North by Northeast folks that I had someone who was advocating for me, but I didn’t appreciate how important that was before this, how it could be a matter of life and death. This has been a revelation. What you are doing here is really special.”