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San Diego Marathon Runner Gives Medal To Doctor

Reported by Roland Lizarondo

A man who ran his 25th marathon publicly thanked his surgeon at UC San Diego Health System on Monday.

John Perry, who ran the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon on Sunday, underwent a pulmonary thromboendarterectomy surgery 10 years ago after being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.

The surgery, conducted by Stuart Jamieson, cleared the lung's arteries of scar-like tissue that robs patients of their ability to breathe

“Before the surgery I couldn’t walk more than 50 feet, immediately after I was breathing effortlessly, and a year later I was training for my first marathon ever,” Perry said. “I’m so excited to reunite with my surgeon and give him my 25th marathon medal as a sincere thank you for all he has done for me.”

Jamieson, who received Perry's marathon medal as a thank you gift, said the hospital has performed 3,500 similar operations. He said receiving the medal was "gratifying."

“Not only because he has lived such an active life since the PTE surgery, but because he was saved by an innovative procedure we devised at UC San Diego Health System,” said Jamieson.

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