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Getting Arthur Back in Game


When Arthur Iyok suffered complications due to an undiagnosed heart infection at age 7, Albany Medical Center’s team of experts helped return the young man to his favorite pastime, basketball.

Arthur’s first complication, a stroke, was treated quickly by emergency physicians and the neurology group, but an underlying infection effectively treated with antibiotics in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) had also damaged Arthur’s heart. During a five-hour operation, Neil Devejian, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, repaired Arthur’s damaged mitral valve and removed infected tissue from his heart.

Arthur recovered, but one year later he was in need of Albany Med’s services once again after doctors found a life-threatening aneurysm near his heart.
When Arthur heard he needed another surgery, he said, “I am not doing it unless I have Dr. Devejian!” Arthur’s demand was met, and Dr. Devejian repaired the aneurysm without complication.

Now 12, the Shaker Junior High seventh-grader and his family have shared his story with the public as part of an Albany Med advertising campaign and more recently, with its Lifeline Campaign to show their appreciation for the care he received.