My name is David. I am 10 years old and in 5th grade. In the fall of 2008, we were driving home from my soccer practice. I started to feel that my heart was beating really fast and it felt like I had been punched in the chest. My parents thought I looked pale, so they took me right to the hospital. After undergoing some tests, the doctor diagnosed me with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. This means that I have an extra pathway in my heart that can cause it to beat rapidly and irregularly. The doctor explained that there were several courses of action including medication and surgery.
Within a matter of weeks, the episodes started to become more frequent. It didn’t matter whether I was doing something physical or not. This was a scary time for me. My parents consulted with the doctors and we decided on surgery. After the surgery, I was able to recover in only six weeks and play like all the other kids. This was important to me, being an active six-year-old.
Today, four years later, I lead an active and healthy life. I enjoy playing basketball, baseball, and running around with my friends. I am able to have a normal life thanks to the cardiac doctors at Lutheran General Hospital and organizations like the American Heart Association.
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