With MitraClip, A Long Life Went Longer

Diabetes Care | Nov. 17, 2017

NOTE TO READERS: Kato Pomer passed away on April 14, 2018. Abbott is grateful to have been a small part of her extraordinary life. We're proud to bring you her story and remember the impact she had on the lives of those who knew and loved her. We'll never forget her.

There's an old saying, usually put to use in professional sports. It goes like this: "Father Time is undefeated."

It's true. No athlete plays forever, just as no person lives forever.

Kato Pomer has taken Father Time to extra innings. And she’s still swinging.

This has happened for a couple of reasons.

First, Kato is not your average person.

She's 100 years old. What a century she's witnessed, from the Beatle's British invasion to the fall of the Berlin Wall, from humanity taking its first celestial steps on the moon to women claiming equal footing in U.S. voting booths. She’s seen the advent of color and HD television and the breaking of the color barrier in the White House.

And, second, she's the beneficiary of some effective modern medicine.

You see, at 92, her heart's mitral valve ruptured during a vacation. At the insistence of her indefatigable daughter, doctors placed a MitraClip in her heart during a minimally invasive procedure. The clip helps the heart pump blood by reducing back flow that can lead to myriad, serious health issues.

"After my mother had MitraClip placed in her heart, she was back to her old self again," Karen said. "She was painting. She played with her grandchildren. She hung out with the dogs. She had a great time."

Eight years later, at 100, she's still having it.

To learn more about Kato and MitraClip, please click here.

For important safety information on MitraClip, visit https://mitraclip.com/#isi.

This patient testimonial relates an account of an individual’s response to the treatment. This patient’s account is genuine, typical and documented. However, it does not provide any indication, guide, warranty or guarantee as to the response other persons may have to the treatment. Responses to the treatment discussed can and do vary and are specific to the individual patient.