From Near Death Experience to Celtic Irish Audio Drama: a story of survival far from home
Ascending aortic dissection survivor tells story of returning home after emergency open heart surgery alone in Ireland
By: Shana Pennington-Baird, Voice Artist LLC
This is a highly dangerous condition and incredibly life threatening. John Ritter, the actor from Three's Company, died of aortic dissection. And rarely known, Lucile Ball also died of an aortic dissection following surgery to repair her first dissection. Aortic dissection is often fatal and happy stories are few and far between. The main cause for fatalities is misdiagnosis. In Broken Wide Open, the quick diagnosis of this rare condition 5,000 miles from home saved Shana's life.
"I felt fine the day before it happened," said Pennington-Baird. "I hiked 5 miles at Giant's Causeway. There had been a tiny popping sensation in my chest almost three weeks before. That was followed by some heart burn-like symptoms. When I got to my Air BnB in Dingle in 2019, all the color leached out of the world and I knew something was very, very wrong."
Upon returning to Seattle, Shana was asked by surgeons, doctors, nurses and med techs about her Ireland health adventure. For the next three months, Shana was asked repeatedly by medical professionals if she was writing down these stories to share. They were funny, informative and potentially lifesaving for others in the midst of an aortic health event.
This is the first solo work for Shana Pennington-Baird (narrator/vocals/
Broken Wide Open will be released on Audible.com March 15th. Pre-order the audio drama at http://brokenwideopen.com. In August 2022, Broken Wide Open will also be traveling to the the Edinburgh Fringe Fest as a solo stage show with the full Celtic band.