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Jennifer Matthews: Sam Einsidler looks perfectly healthy now. But less than a year ago, doctors told his mother he might not survive a terrible car accident. Terri Einsidler: I said, 'Is there a chance he could die? And he said, 'Absolutely.' Jennifer Matthews: Sam's aorta -- which is the body's main artery -- tore during the accident, and blood ruptured out. Difficult open heart surgery used to be the only way to repair the injury, but the procedure is often risky and painful. Dr. David Neschis: A fair percentage can wind up paraplegic. Jennifer Matthews: But now surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center are using a technique that does the same thing -- without cutting open the patient's chest. Sam Einsidler. It's cool, I didn't even know they could do that. Jennifer Matthews: Doctors make a small incision in the patient's groin. Then, using X-ray guidance, they feed a catheter through the blood vessels to the heart. A stent containing a fabric graft opens inside the aorta to cover the injury and let blood to flow through it. Dr. David Neschis: It's like putting a new pipe inside the old pipe and letting it line from inside the area with the hole in it. Jennifer Matthews: Technical success with the surgery is nearly 100 percent, and patients recover within a few days. Contact sports are out but Sam is finally able to play basketball again with his brother. Terri Einsidler: He's terrific, and we know we're very lucky. Jennifer Matthews: Lucky and back to living life. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.