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Insurance

J. Ross Quigley

CEO

Medipac International Inc.

It was exciting to learn that I was a candidate for a special

stent called aMedtronic Endurant 2 and that they would

not have to cut 14- to 18-inch holes in my stomach to

fix me. Just a couple of small, three-inch incisions could

be made and in the stents would go. That sounded very

good to me. We do hundreds of stents in the U.S. for our

clients every year and I had never heard of a really bad

result. Most of those stents are to keep arteries around

your heart open and they are really medical miracles.

My assumption was that they would put two holes

in my legs and I knew that my legs are tough as nails

from childhood and would handle the cuts easily. I had

delusions of walking out of the hospital on the same day.

Not quite! The incisions were in my groin, about three

inches belowmy belly button. I won’t bore you with the

little green-and-pink morphine-based pills that did not

work, or the powerful Tylenols that did not work. My

first real pain relief was five days in, with a simple Advil.

Who would ever have thought that a simple Advil could

be so impressive. Here I am three weeks later and I am

finally feeling great.

My two new friends and their incredible team of 10 or

12 nurses and doctors were amazing. The operating

room would be at home on the space station, with all

the fancy machines and equipment…and it was spotless.

Their explanations were excellent. I am a glutton for

information and facts, as you know, and I felt safe and

secure at all times while in their care. This stuff is routine

for these guys and they are indeed, experts.

While chatting the time away, I found out that Dr. Papia

was at the leading edge of performing stent-like opera-

tions on the feet and legs of serious diabetics. This can

reduce the amputations required by a huge percentage

and it costs about $10,000 to save someone’s foot or

leg. It costs about $75,000 to do the amputation and

the government is “reviewing” the procedure to see if

they might pay for it. This could take forever – it always

does – because it involves spending money; even though

it is actually saving money. I have placed an article of

explanation next to this one, and I would ask that if

any of you have some extra cash sitting around, this is

a great way to use it. I am looking at trying to save 15

feet this year; can you imagine how these people will

feel when they find out that they will not lose their foot?

How many could you save?

This magazine is sent to all elected politicians, so perhaps

they can speed approval of the procedure along and you

can help by talking to them, too.

And tell your diabetic friends that there are other real

possibilities out there, but that they must comply with

their diets first.

Thanks, Joe and Seamus!

And Libby and Marlene, too.

And Dr. Maggisano and…everyone else.

I recently met two gentlemen by the names of Giuseppe Papia and Seamus

McHugh, both wonderful people, but it was not under the best of circumstances.

You see, they were both doctors and the meeting place was an operating room

at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. I finally had to get my abdominal aortic

aneurysm repaired; it had reached the critical stage of more than 5.5 centimetres

in diameter and length. Any larger and it may burst, leaving an empty chair at

our dinner table.

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