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Mercy Stories: Coronary Artery Disease Survivor

Mar 9 2018

Meet this coronary artery disease survivor and learn why is he so thankful he chose Lourdes Hospital for his open heart surgery.

Pastor Jeff Brasher felt exhausted while delivering his sermons at Old Pathway Church of Mayfield. In fact, he was so tired he would often have to cut his sermons short because he felt so weak.

“I had no energy,” says Jeff Brasher. “I could hardly walk when I finished preaching. I got to where I couldn’t catch my breath. While I was recovering from back surgery, I was tired but this was a different kind of tired.”

Brasher saw Mercy Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr. James O’Rourke. That’s when he learned he needed open heart surgery — and fast.

“I was shocked. I thought I would just have to get stents again.”

Dr. O’Rourke performed a coronary artery bypass graft surgery, or CABG, for short. It’s a procedure used to treat coronary artery disease.

“I told Dr. O’Rourke that I would have the surgery under one condition,” states Brasher. “I asked him if he would pray over me before the surgery. He smiled and said, I pray over every patient. I had a peace then. I knew I was in good hands.”

Brasher says he could have gone anywhere for his heart care, but is so thankful he chose Lourdes and Dr. O’Rourke.

“They just took care of me,” says Brasher. “From Dr. O’Rourke’s office to the ICU staff, everyone at Lourdes made me feel like I was in a five-star hotel – I was treated like a king. I was just overwhelmed with kindness and compassion. I will never go anywhere else.”

If you are seeking this type of compassionate care, the Mercy Health team is here for you. Located in eight regions throughout Ohio and Kentucky, our team makes your health our first priority. Visit or call 513-952-5000 today to learn more about our expert, compassionate care.



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Judith Badertscher

My husband had open heart Feb. of last year had no clue anything was wrong and I took him to Lima Memorial in Ohio and had two great heart doctors Dr, Anike and Dr. Mawulawde he still has some problems but they are working with him I no someone was watching over him and I thank them every day and the good Lord up above.
March 12th, 2018 | 8:27pm

Suzanne Shaffer

I had open Heart surgery Oct of 2008. I had a fabulous Team of Doctors Doctor Mesic and Doctor Neravelta I was scared to death and if it hadn't been for them and the Team of Nurses at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Icu floor I don't think I would of made it I know that day Angels were looking after me. I don't know the Nurses last names but Cindy ,Windy, just to name a few I am Internally Grateful
May 08th, 2018 | 3:26pm

Jackie back

My son is 20 he had a heart attack he was a health nut no pop ran worked out played high School football he wouldn't touch anything that wasn't healthy then one day he was at work and had a heart attack only reason they had was early coranary heart disease 20 to 30 percent blockage said he had blood clot hit his heart no damage but lifelong meds he's too young and took care of himself thankfully the hospital caught his heart attack early
May 09th, 2018 | 8:10pm

Mercy Health

Thanks for sharing, Jackie. Happy to hear your son is doing better!
May 14th, 2018 | 9:13am

Mercy Health

Hi Suzanne, thanks for sharing! We are so happy you are doing better and are grateful for the amazing team of Mercy Health doctors and nurses as well!
May 14th, 2018 | 9:15am

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