"This is a case of serendipity," said Christopher Cove, MD, in the cardiology department at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Serendipity, and a long list of people being in the right place at the right time.
Jamie Arliss was a young nurse who was just training on how to do EKG's when she found something that changed her life.
"I was more scared for my family than myself," said Arliss.
Jamie had a large and rare tumor stealing blood from the left side of her heart. After undergoing surgeries that did not work, Jamie was told she needed a transplant.
"Just really lost a lot of my life with a lot of worry for the first couple of years," said Arliss.
Jamie's doctor, Christopher Cove, did not give up and stumbled on something that made medical history.
"I watched him use this superglue, this Onyx and inject it into a small AVM, arteriovenous malformation of the brain and that's when the light went off," said Cove.
It was a surgery that was never done before. Cove said he approached neurosurgeon Dr. Babak Jahromi and asked for his help. They were going to use an Onyx, or superglue, to fill the tumor.
"We kind of came up with a plan of what to do which involved first kind of trying to sealing off exit points," said Cove.
He said most surgeons follow a blueprint, but this time, there was no blueprint to follow.
"We then had that moment of doubt. Should we do anything at this point. Should we inject this Onyx? We have no idea what is going to happen," said Cove.
They did and he says they knew instantly that it worked.
"We were able to completely fill the tumor up, completely stop its growth and eventually the tumor died," said Cove
Three years later, Jamie says she is doing great.
"I am back to work. I really don't have to see the doctor very often," said Arliss.
Jamie is going to get something that many patients don't. Shes going to see how the surgery was performed on an episode of "Grey's Anatomy."
"We are really excited. When they said they wanted to do a show based on my story, I thought it was really cool," said Arliss.
Jamie's character will be played by a male but Cove says actual images of her heart may appear on the show.
"It's kind of surreal at the same time, but I think its going to be cool," said Arliss.
She said she hopes her story helps others.
"You've just got to keep positive, as hard as it seems to be. There is always somebody out there that would be willing to help you," said Arliss.
Jamie's story will be on Grey's Anatomy on Thursday night.
"The worst thing is I am not Dr. McDreamy," said Cove.