Amanda Trevathan

Age: 17
Save Date: 5/2/2003
Activity: At school

It's hard to try to explain to people exactly what happened to me when they ask me. I was unconscious most of the time, and no one knows why it happened to me. It was totally random. No one imagined that I had a heart problem, least of all me.

On Friday May 2, 2003, I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the middle of my 11th grade math class. It felt like my day had started in an ambulance. I couldn't remember how I had gotten there, or even my own name. Faces and voices came into focus but were lost as soon as my mind took them in. They would eventually come back; the whole day would replay in my memory.

It all came as a surprise to me. I had no history of any heart problems, so I had never been tested for it. In the past, I had participated in many physical activities and did well in them. As it turns out I had suffered Ventricular Fibrillation.

The doctors explained to me that my heart stopped pumping blood properly, going into a spasm. I went into SCA and an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was used to revive me. The AED shocked me twice. I was taken to the hospital and in the week following had a heart cath. This procedure fixed at least one problem, and hopefully I have no other heart problems.

As a precaution in case another problem arose, an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) was inserted. It sits just below my left collarbone and has a wire running into my heart to monitor and give shocks when needed. I hope the only thing I ever get from it is a conversation starter and the tiny pink scar.

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