We welcomed Kassidy to the world during what we hoped to be a perfect holiday season.
Three weeks after delivery, I started to feel ill, with what I assumed was a regular cold. It quickly got worse. I went to a local urgent care, where I was given medication for pneumonia. When the medication did not help and at six weeks postpartum, I checked into a local emergency room. I couldn’t breath, speak or hold my baby. I was too weak.
I thought I was being admitted into the hospital for overnight observation; however, my heart decided otherwise. I went into full cardiac failure. I was lifeless.
I woke up eight days later in the New Mexico Heart Hospital to the sound of NMHI’s Dr. Mark Bieniarz’ voice. As confused as I was, and worried about my state of health, I was quickly calmed by his direct and comforting tone.
I took an unfortunate adventure that evening. I was later advised that I landed where I needed to be, in the hands of the doctors of New Mexico Heart Institute.
My life and my family’s life was trusted within the hands of these doctors at the New Mexico Heart Institute. Because of the care that I received with them, I am here. I am a mom and a wife and I will forever be with my little girl.
I was diagnosed with Peri-Partum Cardiomyopathy, an extremely rare form of heart disease developed in women during pregnancy. I continued care with New Mexico Heart Institute, until I needed to leave New Mexico in order to receive the life saving efforts of a Left Ventrical Assistive Device. This eventually resulted in a heart transplant.
Thanks to Dr. Bieniarz and his quick-acting, life-saving efforts, I survived that December night. My family is forever grateful for his quick response to my situation. I’m currently continuing my care with Dr. Brendan Cavanaugh, who not only keeps an open care plan with my heart transplant team, but also is very concerned with my well being, my emotions and my family.