The following testimonials are only part of the letters we get at our clinic.
Patient Prof. Dr. Achim Bonawitz – Cardiovascular Patient
October 19, 2014
Dear Dr. Kazziha,Exactly on this date two years ago my son Dietrich and the ambulance brought me to Crittenton Hospital with a severe heart attack, and my heart even stopped beating for some time. A whole team at the hospital worked for four days to help me survive this heart attack. I was especially lucky to have you come and insert a stent to open up a blocked coronary artery at that time, an action which made an eventual recovery possible. During one of my visits at your office a few months ago, I mentioned the philosophical thought that the purpose and meaning of life is what one makes it to be. On this basis I do not know any persons whose life is more meaningful than yours. Saving lives is one of the most important meaningful activities in this world. Your action on that October 19, 2012 and the subsequent insertion of two more stents in my heart made it possible for me to go on living with an extended expiration date. I feel a deep sense of gratitude first of all to you and also then to the other members of the Crittenton team for saving my life. And what an additional meaningful life I had: a life with family from wife to grandchildren, with friends, with lots of information about and occupation with languages, biology, cosmology, science in general, and classical music.So on this second anniversary of my “rebirth”, I want to express my “heartfelt” gratitude to you and the Crittenton team for making these extra two years possible. In the hope that perhaps some good years may follow, I am gratefully yours,Achim Bonawitz
Patient George Thomes – Cardiovascular Patient
July 10, 2014
Dear Mr. Powell,
On January 7, 2014 my husband, George Thomas was exercising at the North Oakland YMCA when he suddenly collapsed on the treadmill. At 71 years of age, George had been in great health his entire life, exercising regularly and running frequent races with his children and grandchildren. It was a great suppose to the entire family to hear that the reason for his collapse was cardiac arrests due to a 90% blockage in his left main artery.
George’s situation was very grave. He had lost consciousness for an unknown amount of time, and though open heart surgery was seemingly the only answer. George’s condition was too fragile for such an overwhelming procedure. Despite an initial prediction that George would not recover from the cardiac arrest, the medical staff executed state of the art procedures to assist him. Under the guidance of Dr. Samer Kazziha, the team at Crittenton Hospital literally and physically brought my husband back to life.
Over the next nine days, we went from planning a funeral to celebrating George’s life. Through this very trying and emotional time, there were often more questions than answers and the nurses in the CICU were infinitely patient and supportive in helping us navigate this unknown territory. Not only did they go over and above in the day-to-day, full service care that is required in such intense medical situation, but they often held our hands and helped us through our tears.
Because of Dr. Kazziha and his amazing team, George literally came back to life at Crittenton. His recovery is nothing short of a miracle. George had the stent procedure to pen his left main artery and over the past 6 months, has once again resumed his exercise routine per the guidance of his doctors. On May 31, 2014 George ran in the annual Oak Apple Run with his children and grandchildren, resuming a 36-year tradition that just a few short months ago seemed to be impossible.
We acknowledge our gratitude to Dr. Kazziha and Crittenton Hospital whenever we share George’s story which we do often. Our subsequent visits with Dr. Kazziha solidify our faith in his amazing talents as a surgeon and an amazing human being. While we do not wish for anyone to have to go through what we have, we hope that people who find themselves in need for cardiac care find Dr. Kazziha. We hope they find the mazing and caring nurses at Crittenton Hospital. We hope they find the hope faith that we found in a hopeless situation.
Thank you Dr. Kazziha by “Amanda”
Amanda M. Lodice testimonial
Thank you by “Michael Packer”
Bert Gelmine sharing his lifesaving encounte
Only God Knows how much longer I will live but I have once again been blessed. If it were not for Dr. Meri referring me to Dr. Kazziha, I doubt that I would still be living today and therefore, wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude to two of your finest doctors. -Sincerely, – Bert Gelmine
Two of the very first patients to undergo a cardiac catheterization in the Cardiovascular Consultants Clinic were Prof. EM, Dr. Achim Bonawitz and George Thomes.
Patricia Tessmer-Flack, patient expresses gratitude,
I feel very fortunate to have been placed in the highly skilled hands of Dr. Kazziha, who on two seperate occasions in one night, placed three stents into my heart.
If you would like additional information about Cardiovascular Consultants Clinic and the services provided there, please call 586-698-1200.