Stretch Ledford

Runner, International Photojournalist
CryoValve Heart Valve
Ross Procedure Patient

Charles “Stretch” Ledford was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve at five months old. After living a healthy and relatively normal life for 43 years, it became necessary to replace this valve.

“Dr. Paul Stelzer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center Named ‘Featured Heart Valve Surgeon’ at”

Ross Procedure Recipient

Stretch opted for a Ross Procedure, which means his aortic valve was replaced with his own pulmonary valve. His pulmonary valve was then replaced with a cryopreserved donor heart valve from CryoLife, the CryoValve(R) Pulmonary Valve Allograft.

Now more than two years post-op, Stretch says he continues to live a healthy and normal life, running 10K races and working as a photojournalist in far-flung places around the world.

NOTE: This story reflects one person’s experience. Talk to your doctor about your situation and possible treatment options.