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Medina Hawk’s Story

SVT Survivor, Age 46, Muncie, IN

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Medina's Story

Two days before Christmas 2007, I awoke with a terrible pain in my right shoulder/neck.  Thinking it was a pinched nerve, I treated with heat/ice packs, muscle relaxers and Tylenol.   By January 8, 2008, I was in the hospital undergoing every test imaginable.  During my stress test, my numbers were off the charts.  Told to stop, next I knew I was on the gurney surrounded by 15-20 medical professionals.  They had to shock my heart twice, and it hurt worse than anything.  The next morning they performed a left heart cath.  I had a SVT with LBBB.  18 months later, I ended up in the hospital again, where I was told I had the widow maker and was going to die without emergency open heart surgery,  On February 18, 2010, doctors performed a CABG.  I had the widow maker.  I now am 45 years old, with a 7 year old daughter, and two grown sons.  I have gone from an active participant in their lives, to an observer.  The fatigue and loss of energy is the most difficult to deal with.  My stamina is nearly 0.  I now find myself uninsured, unable to afford my medications, and my cardiologist retired 15 months ago.

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