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I was 33 weeks pregnant when I was rushed to the emergency room for an emergency c-section. A rare heart condition (peripartum cardiomyopathy) had caused cardiac arrest. My heart condition worsened to the point of needing a heart transplant.
I was connected to ECMO life support to buy some time. Fortunately, a heart transplant wasn't needed and after 19 days of hospitalization I finally got to go home and meet my baby girl who was discharged on the same day.
It has been nearly a two year long recovery, but I am now nearly weened off all my heart medications and am grateful to have a second chance at life and I am beyond happy to have the opportunity to raise my daughter.
My goal by sharing our story is to inspire hope in others.
HeidiCordero, February 22, 2020 10:00pm EST
Amazing and inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. Your photo is gorgeous.
Memorare, February 23, 2020 9:14pm EST
Thank you for sharing your story. So happy for you. Cute kid!
NewPacer73, March 4, 2020 10:42pm EST
I go to a national group that meets near my house called Mended Hearts. I met several heart transplant patients and was so impressed. They really have a great quality of life. I'm so happy for you. It's just so amazing how far they have come. Over 3500 are done each year. So amazing. Hugs and congrats from me to you.