Paul Elder

Complications following heart surgery led Paul to NCLTAH

Retirement has been enjoyable for 82-year-old Paul Elder of Bozeman, Montana. Paul spends his days working in his yard, traveling, fly fishing, fixing things around the house, and spending time with his wife of 50 years. Paul is also a father to two daughters and a grandfather to four grandchildren.

Paul recently underwent a mitral valve repair at the recommendation of his physician, who diagnosed Paul with severe mitral regurgitation. This condition is a backflow of blood caused by failure of the heart’s mitral valve to close tightly and coronary artery disease.

After surgery, Paul experienced complications, including acute kidney failure and acute respiratory failure. In need of a higher level of care, Paul’s physician recommended Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital for his recovery. Paul agreed, as his daughters live in the area.

Paul offered wonderful feedback on his stay at NCLTAH.

“Dr. Pearson has been fabulous! He is so knowledgeable and such a nice guy. The nursing staff has been exceptional. Very responsive, polite, and patient. And the therapists are all so well trained and don’t push you beyond your limit.”

Having completed his stay, Paul discharged to his daughter’s house. He’ll continue to work on getting his endurance built back up before returning home to Montana. Paul can’t wait to return home, getting back in the yard and hopefully back to fishing again soon.