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Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat: Howard’s Story

What does it mean to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Assuming we’re not talking about actual magic. MacMillan Dictionary describes it this way; “to do something unexpected but ingeniously effective in response to a problem”.

Yep. That’s what he did.

Richardson resident Howard Dunn was out of options when he met Dr. Russell Lam of Lam Vascular and Associates. Facing an amputation of his right leg, Mr. Dunn’s progressing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) had caused a failed artery from a surgery he had more than two years ago.

“That initial surgery took me a year to recover from,” said Mr. Dunn, who was most recently living in near constant pain, having to use a walker and had even retired his beloved motorcycle because he couldn’t ride it comfortably or safely anymore.

Through a set of unique circumstances (including a call from a former Miss Brazil), Howard was referred to Dr. Lam. “With a prognosis that gloomy, I was skeptical,” explained Howard, in his no-nonsense Midwestern way. “But when Dr. Lam said there were alternatives to amputation, I said ‘Go for it!’”.

Today, Howard is so totally and completely grateful he agreed.

“I am nearly completely pain-free now,” he said. “I have parked my walker in the back of my car because I don’t need it anymore and got my motorcycle back out!”

Howard underwent a minimally-invasive angioplasty and stenting procedure at Dr. Lam’s Dallas office to reopen the collapsed vein in his leg and restore blood flow. He went home that same day.

“Dr. Lam was so thorough and detailed, he explained everything to me and even showed me videos that explained how the procedure works,” said Howard. “His entire staff is absolutely wonderful and, trust me, I give compliments sparingly!”

Howard is so grateful for his second chance at a full life. He is able to spend time with friends and neighbors again and – most importantly – enjoy his grandchildren, which includes two sets of twins who all share the same birthday in October. He is certainly looking forward to that party this year!

*Man pictured not actual patient