Erie woman survives heart ailment that killed John Ritter

   January 17, 2013 6:28 am    2


Mary ScutellaMary Scutella and her husband, Pat, caretakers of the lighthouse on Lighthouse Street in Erie had quite a scare in November. Mary survived an aortic dissection, the same heart condition that killed “Three’s Company” actor John Ritter at age 54 while he was at work in 2003 on “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.”

The condition can kill within 72 hours of diagnosis. UPMC Hamot surgeon Michael Butler, M.D., and cardiologist Charles Furr, M.D., saved Mary’s life. Read David Bruce’s full story here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 


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2 Responses to “Erie woman survives heart ailment that killed John Ritter”

  1. Tina Arduini says:

    Mary is my cousin by marriage. We all posted on facebook for prayers for Mary and prayers do work. We are all part of the Scutella Family and prayer has worked for 3. We thank God everyday that he chose to keep these 3 amazing woman around to enjoy their families. God Bless.

  2. I like it when folks come together and share thoughts.

    Great site, continue the good work!

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