February 21, 2020

In sickness, in health: First Coast couple says ‘I do’ after defeating a medical battle

By Karl Oestreich

First Coast News
by Josslyn Howard

…An evening in the emergency room isn’t your typical first date “That was the first time I had to call her parents,” Long laughed. “I was like, ‘I’m in the ambulance with your daughter.’ And they’re like ‘Who is this?’” That was the start of Folio and Long’s difficult love story. “We just started meeting and I didn’t want to lose her,” Long said. It was that night Mayo Clinic’s transplant team told Folio she had cardiomyopathy and would need a heart transplant. “Patients who are as sick as Diana was with her cardiomyopathy, in general, have about a 50 percent survival rate for one year,” said Dr. Rohan Goswami, Folio’s transplant cardiologist.

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Context: Rohan Goswami, M.D. is a cardiologist with Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center. Mayo Clinic is the largest integrated transplant provider in the United States. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota include more than 150 surgeons and physicians and hundreds of allied health staff who are trained in caring for transplant patients. Mayo Clinic's heart transplant doctors and surgeons use proven innovations to successfully treat people with congestive heart failure and other serious heart diseases.

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Contact: Tia Ford

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