• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Daughter’s persistence leads to life-threatening discovery

March 5, 2017

sharing patient Tony with his daughter at a wedding

Morgan Burke spent years urging her father, Tony Burke, to make a doctor’s appointment. When Tony was 12 years old, he had open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic to repair aortic stenosis. But as an adult, the 48-year-old avoided most medical care.

“I’m just that type. I don’t go to the doctor ever — unless I’m dead,” says the farmer from Plainview, Minnesota.

Had Morgan taken no for an answer, that’s exactly what Tony would be. But in June 2015, Morgan began working as a medical secretary in Mayo Clinic’s Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. After a few months on the job, she persuaded her father to come to Mayo for an echocardiogram, along with an appointment to see a cardiologist.

“It was so easy for me to make a phone call,” Morgan says.

That call resulted in a life-saving discovery by Mayo Clinic physicians. Read the rest of the story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.