Saved By A Cow

A cow saved my husband’s life.

He had been strong and healthy, a former football player.

Then, at the age of 60, it was discovered that he had been born with a heart defect which he had never suspected.

Normally, the aortic valve in the human heart has three flaps, which open and close. (this is called a tricuspid valve).

My husband’s valve was bicuspid (had only two flaps).

With time, bicuspid valves usually become narrowed, causing a life-threatening condition.

When we found out about this health development, we decided to move to a Newfoundland outport.

Rural Newfoundlanders are somewhat xenophobic ( afraid of strangers), and our new neighbours wondered why we had moved from Ontario to a remote fishing village established in 1497.

However, when we explained my husband’s health condition, they became wonderfully welcoming and supportive.

We felt that the lack of pollution, the relaxed pace of life, and the sound of the soothing ocean waves would strengthen my husband, and prepare him for surgery.

Thankfully, we were right.

He gradually became stronger, and was able to undergo heart surgery at the world-famous Heart Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.

His defective heart valve was replaced by a valve made from bovine (cow) tissue.

The valve is not directly transplanted, but rather the new valve is made from cow tissue.

My husband made a complete recovery, thanks to a world-renowned surgeon, and the cow tissue valve.

I thank God for the technology, and the cow, ( or cows) whose tissue saved my husband’s life.

(Cows used for bovine tissue transplants are raised under sterile conditions).

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

A dairy cow chewing grass in a field

47 thoughts on “Saved By A Cow

      1. Yes!! I grew up in a small farm town in Michigan and my dad was a land farmer but my aunt and uncle were dairy farmers. Some of my best days were spent on their farm. I love cows too!πŸ˜ƒβ™₯️

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  1. Our amazing God has gifted us with a world abundant in raw materials and brains that seek more knowledge about the creation He has given us. This story is a great testament to that grace. God bless! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. β€œA cow saved my husband’s life.” Who could stop reading after THAT opening line?!

    When I was in high school I milked cows at a few different dairies. The girls are quite agreeable, even if they have a calf, but the boys (Bulls) are not to be trifled with!

    It’s great that the more relaxed pace at your current location has worked well for your husband’s health.

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  3. Wow, you shared such a beautiful and remarkable story in such a succinct way! I always love learning about why people live where they do, or how they got to where they are. Thanks for sharing, and what a blessing to you and your husband!

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  4. Wow! That’s a great testimony and l am glad it ended well. To God be all the glory Amen

    On Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 7:03 PM Theology of a Newfoundland Housewife wrote:

    > Sally posted: ” A cow saved my husband’s life. He had been strong and > healthy, a former football player. Then, at the age of 60, it was > discovered that he had been born with a heart defect which he had never > suspected. Normally, the aortic valve in the human h” >

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  5. Thank you Sally for this lovely encouraging story. The advances in medical science are quite magnificent over our lifetime, making what would have been impossible very possible now. I am so thankful for my Father God’s provisions in my medical history which saved my life, giving me more opportunities to share Him with others. He is an amazing God Sally, I pray that you are both well and being blessed each day.

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    1. Yes, Alan, for sure. How wonderful it is that the Father provides for our medical care through ongoing advances in medical science. Each day He gives us opportunities to share his love to our world. Thanks so much. βš˜πŸ€—

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  6. Glad your hubby is OK!
    My youngest daughter has a bicuspid valve, which her doctor noticed when she was about 20. As you said, the effects occur over time, so for now she is just getting checked by a cardiologist every couple of years. (I may send her this post, I think she’ll find it interesting.)

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    1. That is good that your daughter is aware of her bicuspid valve, while she is young, so that the valve can be monitored.
      Medical science has improved so much, and we praise God for the continual advancements that are being made.
      My husband had only a small incision, and was out of the hospital in three days.
      Thanks so much for commenting, Annie. ⚘

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  7. I’m really glad your husband’s heart condition was identified in time to take steps to change his lifestyle, and to undergo surgery. Isn’t it wonderful how God cares and provides for us through nature. My aunt had a pig’s heart valve replacement which has prolonged her life – and we are so grateful!

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  8. Good story. I had no idea what it would be about after reading the title. It aroused my curiosity, which is what a good title is supposed to do. Imagine my surprise when your story turned out to be about the same heart condition that I have. It’s being monitored regularly. It hasn’t reached the critical point yet, so no surgery is needed for now. BTW, thanks for reading my blog.

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    1. Hi David !
      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post.
      My husband also had his heart condition regularly monitored for quite some time.
      The advancements that have been made in medical technology are truly amazing.
      I enjoyed reading your blog. πŸ€—

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  9. I am still on earth because of two docs who studied a throbectomy procedure in France, Merci Retrieval System. It had just been approved for heart procedures here in the US when I had a stroke in 2007. The neurosurgeon had just come back from France and when they saw the CT scan, figured I was an ideal candidate.
    99% blockage of the basal stem artery (which supplies more than 99% of O2 to the brain), I was basically suffocating. We had given permission in preop for them to do anything they wanted; I figured I was leaving for Heaven, anyway, so it didn’t matter to me.
    Now it is hard to tell that I even had the stroke. Father is amazing when He wants to keep you working for Him.
    ❀️&πŸ™ c.a.

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