An aneurysm nearly killed this N.J. woman |

This Christmas, she knows she’s one of the lucky ones.

The first thing Patty Petrula did after crossing the finish line at the New York City Marathon was text a photo of her medal to her doctor.

No one, arguably, could have appreciated the feat more than Dr. Daniel Walzman.

“I knew she was into that sort of stuff, but I was surprised she did a full marathon,” said Walzman, who is chief of vascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. “There’s nothing more gratifying as a doctor than getting a patient who is doing well.”

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