My heart rate was sky­rock­et­ing

Friday - - Inside -

The next thing I knew I was com­ing round on the bath­room floor. My step­dad Iraj was com­fort­ing me while Mum called for an am­bu­lance. I guessed my heart rhythm had spiked and plunged, send­ing me un­con­scious, and my pace­maker-de­fib­ril­la­tor had shocked me back awake. I opened my mouth to re­as­sure Iraj that I was fine now, but his face was blurry and my eyes were rolling back in my head.

My eyes snapped open and I saw Iraj look­ing ter­ri­fied, and call­ing my name, try­ing to bring me round. Luck­ily the paramedics ar­rived. They hooked me up to a ma­chine that showed my heart rate sky­rock­et­ing. I passed out once more.

Com­ing to, my heart rate shot up. Sud­denly I felt a sharp pain in my chest. It was my life-sav­ing de­vice send­ing a jolt of elec­tric­ity through my heart, forc­ing it to con­tract and pump again while I was awake. I screamed in pain and ter­ror as I was stretchered into the am­bu­lance and rushed to hos­pi­tal.

Doc­tors bat­tled to con­trol my con­di­tion and fi­nally, sta­bilised, I was kept in hos­pi­tal overnight. I was grate­ful to be dis­charged the next day but was back again within 24 hours, strug­gling to breathe.

“You’re back on the trans­plant list,” my doc­tor in­sisted. “We don’t know how long it will take to get a donor or­gan and we’ve got to keep you go­ing un­til then so I think we should look at an ar­ti­fi­cial heart pump.”

My head was spin­ning. I was 29 and a me­chan­i­cal heart was go­ing to keep me alive. It seemed like only yes­ter­day I’d been trav­el­ling the world, mak­ing friends, and hav­ing fun. Now I had reached a stage where with­out treat­ment I would die.

Over the next eight weeks I was con­stantly in and out of hos­pi­tal. I was be­com­ing weaker each day and my heart rhythm was all over the place. I could feel my heart­beat vary­ing and it scared me.

That’s why I read­ily agreed to un­dergo an eight-hour-long, open-heart surgery to im­plant my me­chan­i­cal heart pump. It was con­nected

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