(WHAS11) -- Patricia Dispain and her daughter, Rachel, are looking forward to their first Mothers' Day, a day they almost didn't get.
"I think at the moment, I didn't realize the severity of the situation," Patricia said.
Just about two weeks ago while 36 weeks into her pregnancy, Patricia woke up in her Bardstown home with a nagging chest pain. She immediately went to Flaget Hospital. Just when Patricia thought she was going to go home, the doctors gave her some scary news. Patricia was suffering from an aortic aneurysm, a condition that runs in her family. Her aortic valve was so swollen, it actually tore. Patricia was told she'd have to be flown to Jewish Hospital in Louisville, have a C-section, then have open heart surgery the next day.
"Repairing an aortic dissection is one of the most dangerous surgeries we do," cardiac surgeon, Matthew Williams, said.
In fact, Williams said one out of four patients will die. He and his team replaced Patricia's aorta, giving her a new mechanical one and the surgery was a success.
"It's super, it's why you do this," Williams said. "You get to help people and enjoy the happy endings."
Thursday morning before being released, Patricia sat with her mom and her new baby. They are three generations of women who are all even more appreciative of the time they have together.
"I'm thankful," Patricia said. "I'm thankful to the doctors involved, and thankful to my family and friends who've really been here supporting me." Patricia said she's also thankful for her new little bundle of joy, and her very first Mothers' Day.