John Defeo standing in hospital hallway, holding up an illustrated image of a skeleton and stomach.

Vascular Surgery

John Defeo quote, "I'll never forget the way I was treated at Grand View. They saved my life."Without any warning, piercing abdominal and back pain forced 69-year-old John Defeo to fall to the floor and dial 9-1-1 from his home. He was brought to the Grand View Health Department of Emergency Medicine, where Dr. Christopher Ricci performed a clinical evaluation and ordered an immediate CAT scan. The diagnosis was life-threatening: a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm that grew to be four-inches wide.

Within minutes of his scan, John was transported to the operating room, where Vascular Surgeon, Eric V. Olivero, MD, was awaiting his arrival. Every minute was critical because John was about to undergo one of the most fatal surgical emergencies. Knowing that roughly one in ten people survive a ruptured abdominal aneurysm, Dr. Olivero successfully performed life-saving surgery to stop the bleeding and repair it using minimally invasive techniques. John continues on the road to recovery as he reflects and appreciates the life he is so lucky to live.

“I don’t remember too much after I collapsed from the pain,” said John. “But, I will never forget the way I was treated by all of the people at Grand View. They saved my life.

eric_olivero_mdEric V. Olivero, MD
Vascular Surgeon
Grand View Surgical Associates


christopher_ricci_mdChristopher Ricci, MD
Emergency Medicine
Grand View Emergency Professionals