In 1984 my family traveled from Miami, FL to Birmingham, AL for my 1st open-heart surgery. I had an atrial septal defect that was successfully repaired. I also had a small cleft mitral valve that they didn't worry about repairing. The surgeons didn't realize it would get worse over time. So in January 2009 we traveled to Charleston, SC for my mitral valve repair. The repair was a success. The recovery was painful and traumatic. I am thankful for my Great Physician who carried me through.