Charles Baird: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

"I noticed Allegiance Health was sponsoring a Health Fair and decided to take advantage of the free vascular screenings—which almost certainly saved my life."

Charles Baird, a Jonesville resident who happened to stop in at a recent Allegiance Health Fair, stated: “I was shopping with my wife, Evaun, at Jackson Crossing in preparation for a trip to northern Michigan. I noticed Allegiance Health was sponsoring a Health Fair and decided to take advantage of the free vascular screenings—which almost certainly saved my life.”

Baird’s test revealed a life-threatening aneurysm (weakening) in his abdominal artery. “An aortic aneurysm of 5 cm would be closely monitored for rupture,” said Vascular Tech Emilie Dorbin, who performed the test. “Mr. Baird’s was 6 cm.”

In a quick sequence of events, Mr. Baird had a CT scan, saw cardiologist Rajenda Mehta, MD and a vascular surgeon, and was in surgery to repair the aneurysm within 10 days of the Health Fair.

“I have nothing but praise for the vascular tech and these doctors. They did a fantastic job and treated me so well,” said Baird. “I am really grateful knowing I could have had a ruptured aneurysm very far from home.”

Severe chest pain is not always present with a heart attack, especially for older adults, people with diabetes and women. They may experience sudden shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, fatigue or weakness. Don’t take a chance. Call 9-1-1.