Patrick Lincoln

Surgeons at the Heart & Vascular Center helped Patrick Lincoln keep his heart in his art. Life-saving vascular procedure helped the Jerome artist paint a brighter future for his life.

Late one April night after closing his Lincoln Fine Arts Gallery and relaxing at home, Jerome artist Patrick Lincoln felt an excruciating wrenching sensation in his abdomen. He staggered to his neighbor’s door for help, and was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center. As a former ICU nurse, Patrick knew his symptoms could be life threatening.

A CT scan revealed a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Within 10 minutes, he was wheeled into surgery where John Schor, M.D., a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, repaired the aneurysm with a stent during a minimally invasive procedure.

Just a few minutes more and Patrick would have bled to death.

Dr. Schor vividly recalls that day. “It was a Saturday morning and I wasn’t on call. I was asleep at home and the phone rang at 4:30 a.m. It was the hospital telling me there was someone in the ER with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.”

“I rushed to the hospital and arrived as they were taking Patrick into surgery. We needed to repair his ruptured aorta as quickly as possible and the quickest and best way was to try to repair the rupture without cutting open his chest and abdomen, which could cause further complications. Remarkably, his vital signs remained stable and I was able to place a stent into the rupture area by going through the large vein in the groin. It was a great save.”

“It’s not often we see somebody that has a rupture the size of his. Most people would never even make it to the hospital – they’d bleed to death. And it’s not often you can repair this condition with a stent. This was the first case of a rupture being done with stent graft in Northern Arizona.”

The survival rate for people who have a ruptured aortic aneurysm is approximately 10 percent. Of these, 70 percent die while they’re at the hospital. And approximately 90 percent of those with ruptures die at home before even making it to
the hospital. Patrick was one of the lucky ones.

“It was a miracle Patrick survived,” says Dr. Schor. “After surgery, he did extremely well. He went home a few days later and was back to a normal life in no time at all.”

Dr. Schor has been a surgeon with the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona for four years. He’s a graduate of Cornell University, and attended medical school at the University of Miami. After an eight-year internship and residency in Miami and New York City, he worked in Miami prior to relocating to Arizona.

“My wife Janett and I visited Sedona and fell in love with the place. We thought it would be a great place to raise our two sons, and we were right,” he says.

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Schor is part of the medical residency program at Verde Valley MedicalCenter, helping to train new internal medicine physicians. “I’ve been teaching residents since I graduated from medical school
20 years ago. I was on the faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine for several years,” he says.

Of all the many hospitals in which he could have practiced, Patrick is glad Dr. Schor chose Verde Valley Medical Center. “I’m fortunate to be alive. I want to commend everyone who cared for me for doing such an excellent job,” he says.