Jim Malloy has medical problem detected during student training exercise

Jones (right) was examining Malloy for a training exercise when he noticed actual symptoms. Photo: UVA Health

(WJLA) - Jim Malloy, a Charlottesville retiree, was told to pretend he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm by University of Virginia doctors, not actually have one.

When he did though, he was luckily in the right place to have his life saved.

Malloy and his wife, Louise, regularly would pretend to suffer from a wide variety of maladies in the name of training aspiring doctors at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In March, Jim was asked to pretend to suffer from an AAA. It's a condition where a section of a person's lower aorta balloons.

That's when, according to the university, UVA medical student Ryan Jones noticed the symptoms of an actual aneurysm. Several months later, Malloy checked into the hospital, had a stent implanted and is now doing just fine.

"It feels great to know that I made a difference," Jones said.