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09:07 AM ET 03.05 | According to a story by AthensReview.com , Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo played a major role in saving the life of his grandfather. In 2009, Ramiro Romo, 77, wasn't feeling well after years of deteriorating health and no indication of what was wrong. When the Cowboys quarterback was informed of the condition, he called a Cowboys team doctor. He referred the grandfather to Dr. Michael Donsky, a cardiologist at Baylor Hospital's Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas. It was determined that Romo's grandfather had a condition known as mitral valve regurgitation or leaking heart valve. However, doctors believed he couldn't survive the traditional surgery to fix the problem due to his age. They recommended he become a medical first for an experimental procedure that clipped together the leaflets of the heart's mitral valve to reduce leakage. Despite the device not having received a final approval from the Federal Drug Administration, the quarterback's grandfather went through with the "MitraClip" operation in late 2009. Ramiro told the website that his grandson encouraged the procedure.

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March 5, 2011  09:10 AM ET

When did this site become the biography channel...But good for him...

March 5, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Having cash and connections obviously helps...

March 5, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Having cash and connections obviously helps...

Definitely not the same health care you or I receive...I would have been given two aspirins...

March 5, 2011  09:18 AM ET

Only right that he should help. He probably was a major reason for the heart failure to begin with.
Now, can he fix all the hearts he has broken the last few years?

March 5, 2011  09:19 AM ET

Good for the Romo family. I'm glad Tony had the connections to get him help. However, if you read the headline, it's easy to get the idea that the younger Romo rushed in, performed CPR, and saved the man's life. All he really did was made a few phone calls to some connections.

March 5, 2011  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Only right that he should help. He probably was a major reason for the heart failure to begin with. Now, can he fix all the hearts he has broken the last few years?

Ouch! That was harsh!

March 5, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ouch! That was harsh!

Yeah, and maybe in poor taste. Ah well, it happens.

March 5, 2011  09:45 AM ET

i know cpr....

March 5, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Having cash and connections obviously helps...

Can't imagine what "experimental" procedure doctors might try on me...







Heart, huh?

Here - bend over...

March 5, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Can't imagine what "experimental" procedure doctors might try on me... Heart, huh? Here - bend over...

lol

March 5, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Having cash and connections obviously helps...

Agreed. Same thing went through my mind.

Literally the only thing Tony Romo did to "help save his grandfather's life" is have cash and connections.

March 5, 2011  09:53 AM ET

Now if he could use his connections to get the Cowboys off life support.......

March 5, 2011  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Agreed. Same thing went through my mind.Literally the only thing Tony Romo did to "help save his grandfather's life" is have cash and connections.

Unless this article left out the part where he performed the "MitraClip" operation.

March 5, 2011  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Can't imagine what "experimental" procedure doctors might try on me... Heart, huh? Here - bend over...

LMFAO - You might consider switching HMOs Otis.

March 5, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

When did this site become the biography channel...

They are trying to entice a broader audience...don't complain, or they might include Lifetime or Bravo stuff.

March 5, 2011  10:13 AM ET

T.O read this somewhere and with a sniffle said "That's my quarterback"

March 5, 2011  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

LMFAO - You might consider switching HMOs Otis.

HMO ain't the issue... Small town doctors are. But I can at least pronounce their names...

March 5, 2011  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

They are trying to entice a broader audience...

... then they're wasting their time in here

March 5, 2011  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Only right that he should help. He probably was a major reason for the heart failure to begin with. Now, can he fix all the hearts he has broken the last few years?

Typical Giants fan comment.......

 
March 5, 2011  01:12 PM ET

Maybe the Cowboys can use the same thing on their offensive line? because brother that mother leaks like nobody's business!

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