Sanford team replaces heart valve with new method
FARGO - Just months ago, doctors here wouldn't have been able to repair a narrowing valve in Alice Braniff's heart.
The 87-year-old woman likely wouldn't have survived open-heart surgery to replace the valve.
Without a new valve, the odds suggest she more than likely wouldn't have survived two more years.
But Braniff was one of the first patients in the area to receive a new heart valve using a recently approved procedure that doesn't require major surgery.