Heart patient recovers for Rosie the Riveter celebration

March 29, 2016  //  FOUND IN: UMHS News
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Weltha “Madge” Cowles

At age 92, Weltha “Madge” Cowles still looks forward to new experiences. In fact, she recently returned from what she says was the experience of a lifetime: being honored in Washington, D.C., for her Rosie the Riveter work at the Willow Run bomber plant.

Rosie the Riveter was the name given to American women who worked in factories and shipyards during WW II.

The mother of six, grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of 21 says she was thrilled to be honored, along with 30 other Rosies, during a whirlwind tour around the nation’s capital on March 22. And she’s certain her transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure to replace her aortic valve at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center a year ago is the reason she was able to travel for the event.

Her daughter says the entire U-M Frankel CVC team, including congestive heart failure and TAVR specialties, “was phenomenal. The whole system was so streamlined.”

Madge became a “Rosie” at age 18. Eventually, she was trained to perform electrical work on bomber planes, alongside her father. For three years, the pair drove from their home in Albion to Willow Run, working during the week and sleeping in a trailer, then returning home on weekends. “I enjoyed my work and fellow workers. I never missed a single day,” she says proudly.

Read more about Madge’s recovery in the CVC Heartbeat blog: http://uofmhealthblogs.org/cardiovascular/92-year-old-u-m-tavr-patient-honored/27967/

Website: http://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/aortic-valve-replacement-tavr

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