CLEVELAND — In 2011, Georgia Dixon was suffering from shortness of breath that caused her tremendous difficulty and pain.
Dixon's cardiologist, University Hospitals Dr. Michel Farah, diagnosed the then-93-year-old with severe aortic stenosis, a condition that narrows the valves of the heart. Dixon and Farah decided that despite her age, an aortic valve replacement would be her best chance at survival.
"She would not be alive today if we hadn’t operated on her aortic valve at age 93," Farah said. "It has been a joy to follow Georgia’s health for a decade and to see her walk in and out of my office happy and healthy."
Today, UH and Farah celebrated Dixon on her 102nd birthday! The mini-party included a socially-distant reunion of the two.
A spokesperson for the hospital tells 3News Dixon will continue to visit Farah twice a year to continue her health journey.