In 2014, an MHIF research coordinator received a call from her niece, who had recently learned that her husband, Curt Bolin, might need to have his leg amputated due to popliteal artery entrapment syndrome, a rare vascular disease that restricted blood flow to his leg. Needless to say, this was devastating news for a young father.
In a remarkable coincidence, a scheduled educational talk on that very syndrome was soon taking place at MHIF. The coordinator attended the session, and then sought the advice of presenter Dr. Nedaa Skeik. That conversation led to an incredible collaboration. Dr. Jason Alexander of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a leading expert in this vascular condition, agreed to see her nephew and ultimately performed treatment which saved his leg.
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