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).
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