Ray Territ was playing golf when his feet started feeling abnormally heavy. When the feeling didn’t pass and leg pain set in, Ray went to see Kaiser Permanente Family Physician Lisa Tran, MD.
When Dr. Tran opened Ray’s file on Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, an online tool that Kaiser Permanente physicians use to access updated patient files and health histories, she saw his name had been automatically flagged by the system based on his health history, for a one-time ultrasound screening test, to check for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ray opted for the screening, and the decision saved his life.
When the ultrasound technician looked at his screening results, he found an alarming health threat: Ray had an abdominal aortic aneurysm double the size of those that normally require surgery.
The technician immediately sent his screening results to Kaiser Permanente heart surgeon Majid Tayyarah, MD. That same day, Dr. Tayyarah stood in front of Ray, explaining the need for surgery.
The onslaught of new information and complicated medical procedures were a lot for Ray to process. But Dr. Tayyarah, sensing Ray’s unease, reassured his patient that they would get him through the surgery and into recovery. Ray recalled Dr. Tayyarah’s comforting words. “Dr. Tayyarah said, ‘I’ll take care of you,’” he remembered. “When he said that, I felt good. And we went into the operation room, had the operation, no problems.”
Today, Ray is fully recovered and back on the golf course. “Dr. Tran and Dr. Tayyarah — they’re my heroes.”