Tom and Mary Evslin are both previous patients of Fletcher Allen Health Care. Last year, the couple underwent procedures for common heart conditions. Tom had a stent put in and Mary had a cardiac catheterization.
"Between the two events we were very grateful to the hospital and wanted to do something to thank them for what they had done for us," Mary Evslin said.
So they donated a $1 million to the hospital's cardiology group, funding a new project called A-Fib.
"The medical researchers work with the physicists and the biology people and come up with really cutting-edge ideas," Evslin said.
The project entails finding better treatment for atrial fibrillation-- when the heartbeat is fast and irregular. Researchers will use scans and recordings of the heart's electrical activity to identify the right therapy for each patient.
In order to raise additional money for the project, the Evslins created the Cardiovascular Angel Club. The club is for potential donors. They meet at the hospital to learn about cutting-edge technology. Donors can then pick a specific doctor's research to support.
"We could be part of world-changing stuff for five million people all over the world who suffer from A-Fib and that's pretty cool," Evslin said.
The Evslins hope their donation will fund a medical breakthrough and attract people who want to support medical research in Vermont.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:41 AM EST2013-12-10 16:41:55 GMT
St. Albans police are on the hunt for an armed robber who targeted a convenience store. Police say at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, a man entered the South Main Grocery and displayed a weapon. He left the storeMore >>
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:40 AM EST2013-12-10 14:40:06 GMT
A former New Hampshire police chief will not face criminal charges. David Seastrand resigned in April after four women came forward and accused him of inappropriate actions ranging from sexual contactMore >>
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 1:13 PM EST2013-12-10 18:13:54 GMT
Burlington police on Tuesday released the name of a man killed Monday in a crash on the Beltline. Police say Gregory Burt, 56, of Colchester, was driving north when he crossed into the path of a southboundMore >>
Burlington police on Tuesday released the name of a man killed Monday in a crash on the Beltline.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 1:36 PM EST2013-12-10 18:36:40 GMT
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 1:15 PM EST2013-12-10 18:15:12 GMT
A new twist in a lawsuit against a Vermont ski resort. A Massachusetts family say their 5-year-old was taking skiing lessons when a snowboard instructor, William Vincent of Montgomery, slammed into herMore >>
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