Jeffrey’s Story: Living Life With Heart

Jeffrey Doman is no stranger to golf greens, basketball games and tennis matches. Since he was a child, Jeffrey embraced his love of sports and stayed healthy through regular activity. 

In December of 2021, at the age of 70, Jeffrey was playing his weekly basketball game when his heart stopped and he collapsed. Two of his longtime teammates and friends, David Duffy and Michael Sheehan, immediately performed CPR, resuscitating Jeffrey before the paramedics arrived. 

Jeffrey was taken to NorthShore Evanston Hospital where cardiologist Jason C. Robin, MD discovered that a rare disease called amyloidosis led to Jeffrey’s sudden cardiac arrest. 

We were always aware of NorthShore and its excellent reputation,” explained Jeffrey. “Dr. Robin and the medical staff are prolonging my life. I’m so thankful and appreciative to the entire team.”

Jeffrey immediately began weekly chemotherapy sessions to treat the amyloidosis with oncologist Amy Yuan Wang, MD. These sessions have now decreased to once a month. Since then, Dr. Robin also discovered that Jeffrey has an arrythmia and required a defibrillator implant. 

Thanks to his expert care team and a clear treatment plan, Jeffrey is back in action today, almost exactly one year later. In fact, he recently celebrated his 71st birthday and 48th wedding anniversary—the greatest gifts of all. 

I’m feeling great: I won a gold medal in a senior free throw competition, and I have returned to playing basketball, golf and tennis,” Jeffrey shared. “Most importantly, I’m so thankful to be healthy and to be able to appreciate special moments with my wife and loved ones. After what happened to me, to achieve these milestones is incredible.”

You Can Support More Milestones for Families 

NorthShore is a leader in cardiovascular medicine, and we are on a mission to continue advancing our heart care through innovative research, leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities like our new Cardiovascular Institute pavilion on the NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital campus.  

If you’re inspired to contribute to the Cardiovascular Institute, then we invite you to join us by making a gift. Every gift large or small makes a difference in the lives of community members like Jeffrey.