In January 2016, when Stephanie Fabrizio went swimming for a routine workout, she noticed that something didn’t feel right. Her arm started to become heavy and weak, as her stroke became more and more difficult. But it wasn’t until the next morning when she knew something was terribly wrong; her arm had turned purple and swollen.
Initially, doctors couldn’t determine her condition; but soon thereafter, she was diagnosed with blood clots in both of her subclavian veins. While in the hospital, she was told that she would ultimately need to have surgery.
It was scary and she didn’t know what it would mean long-term. She also didn’t know if she would ever swim again.
During her consultation, the doctor explained the approach for her surgery, and made it a point to say that he would be using Olympus laparoscopy equipment to aid with visualization. Later as she headed for her surgery, she felt confident in the doctor and that he would be using Olympus equipment during her surgery.
The surgery went well and Stephanie is back to swimming. She will never forget the doctor saying, “Get back to your life. Do what you love to do. Get back to swimming. Things are going to work out.”
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