Because of where the blockages occurred, Michael could not have stents placed in his heart. Instead, he needed open heart surgery. In addition, due to a pre-existing condition with his liver, Michael could not be placed on a heart lung machine, which circulates blood and oxygen while temporarily stopping the heart during surgery. Instead, Dr. Baghelai and his team had to slow down Michael’s heart and operate between beats.
During the surgery, Dr. Baghelai cleared the blockages and replaced a vein. The next day, Michael had a second surgery to ensure that bleeding to his lung, caused by a previous liver condition, was under control.