A Birthday Gift

See how Dr. Jerome McDonald cardiothoracic surgeon helped save a life

but there’s nothing sweeter than when it comes from the doctor who made that birthday possible.
You see, John Shifflet was looking forward to his 84th birthday when he learned he had a life-threatening heart condition. And the birthday he was looking forward to suddenly wasn’t guaranteed.

But after emergency triple-bypass surgery and an aortic valve replacement at Sentara RMH Medical Center, John could again look forward to celebrating. And celebrate he did – by coming to a follow-up appointment on his birthday with the physician who saved his life, Sentara RMH cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jerome McDonald. That’s when Dr. McDonald and his staff gave John a special cupcake.

Of course, if everyone who had a role in John’s life-saving care were at the appointment to celebrate, you would have found yourself there, too. As a donor to the RMH Foundation, your generosity helps provide the tools and equipment our entire heart and vascular team relies on to extend compassionate care to patients each day. So thank you for making simple birthday gifts-and indeed for making birthdays possible. I am grateful for your support. Click here if you’d like to make a gift.

Louise Hostetter
Chair, RMH Foundation

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