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Share Your Story: Megan Koenigs

by Christy D. on Thursday, September 20, 2012

Megan Koenigs Kansas

At the age of 25, I went into cardiac arrest. On April 29th, I was rushed to the hospital and no hope was given to my family that I would live. I went through hypothermia treatment and was in a coma for 4 days. They weren't sure if I would have any brain damage or if the treatment would even work. Thankfully, it did work and I came out of the coma with no brain damage. I was in the hospital for 12 days. They sent me home in a Lifevest, which is a defibrillator that is worn on the outside of the body. I had an internal defibrillator implanted on June 11. When I went for my 2 week check up, they determined the ICD was infected and it needed to be removed.

On June 28, they took the defibrillator out. After intensive antibiotics, I had a new ICD implanted on July 23rd and thankfully, this one turned out great! I have been told to live a normal and healthy life. The money that is donated to the American Heart Association helps research for technology like the Lifevest and ICD, which saved my life and made it possible for me to live each and every day to its fullest extent. Thank you for your support!