Until now, all implantable defibrillators had wires that thread into the heart. Meet the first woman in the U.S. to have a new device implanted with no wires touching the heart.
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Melissa Medley: Little Macy’s smile melts mom’s heart. A heart that’s grateful to feel moments like this. A week before her due date, Brooke Bergeron woke up with chest pains. Brooke Bergeron: I knew that I was not in labor. It was my fourth child but I knew that something was terribly wrong and I ended up in the emergency room and discovered that I had suffered a massive heart attack. Melissa Medley: Within hours, she had an emergency C-section and double bypass open heart surgery. Brooke Bergeron: I thought, “How could it happen?” Melissa Medley: The attack took a toll. It damaged her heart so much, her chance of sudden cardiac death was seven percent every year, meaning in 10 years it would be 70%. She needed a defibrillator implanted. Marin C. Burke: It’s like having a paramedic in your chest. Melissa Medley: Traditional defibrillators have wires attached to the heart but in recent years, the safety of those wires had been under scrutiny because some fractured. It led to recalls and hundreds of replacement operations. Brooke became the first person in the U.S. to be implanted with the defibrillator that has no wires touching the heart. Instead, a sensor near the chest bone delivers a jolt if the heart stops. A power unit is placed on the side. Marin C. Burke: All the shocking coils, the sensing electrodes and the canner underneath the skin but outside of the heart. Brooke Bergeron: Someone had said to me “You know? If you pull up a make up on, you could probably cover that up.” And I said, no it’s kind of my badge of honor. Melissa Medley: A mom who needs some back up, so she can keep up with all of these. Emily Bergeron: She takes me to all my games. It’s after practices and none of these has really affected much; it just made her stronger. Melissa Medley: I'm Melissa Medley reporting.
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