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I Am a Patriot

"Today's generation should look at the freedom and independence they enjoy and think about how they can serve their country."

According to his wife, Albert Katoski was never sick a day in his life. A pretty impressive feat for a man who has reached the age of 88. A father of five, grandfather of six, great grandfather of two and loving husband to his wife Jean for 65 years, Albert is spry and sharp. "Mr. Google," as he is affectionately called by family and friends, joined the Army right out of high school. He later went on to earn a bachelor's degree and an MBA and to work for the Central Intelligence Agency until his retirement. Albert is a proud recipient of a Silver Star, the third-highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States armed forces. He earned his Silver Star in 1945, an honor he received for helping an injured soldier to safety.

Certainly no stranger to pain, Albert remembers how excruciating the pain in his right side was on a recent afternoon. A call to Albert's physician convinced Jean to immediately call 911. An aortic aneurysm had formed in Albert's chest and extended into his abdomen — called a thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) — and it was rupturing. A rupture of this type is usually fatal.

Vascular surgeons at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey Wang and his partner, Dr. Robert Fox, were able to quickly and successfully perform Shady Grove's first minimally invasive repair of a ruptured TAAA, a groundbreaking and complex procedure.

Discharged just 36 hours after surgery, Albert went home to rest comfortably. "Mr. Google" looks forward to sharing more stories about his life with family and friends.

"I am very proud of my service. I don’t know of a greater honor…other than honoring your wife."

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