In Their Own Words …

Laura Rodriquez , ICD Patient—51 yrs. old

“I was hospitalized for congestive heart failure and learned that my ejection fraction was low, ranging between 20 and 30 percent. When Dr. Gondi explained to me that I needed a defibrillator, it took me a while to make my decision. I’m very conscientious about my health. After doing some research, talking with my family and getting details from his nurse, Marleen, I decided to do it.”

“On August 24, 2008, the defibrillator saved my life. I basically died when my heart suddenly stopped pumping. I was alone, and if I hadn’t had the defibrillator to shock it into rhythm again, I wouldn’t be here today. To me, it’s a miracle. I’m so thankful. Dr. Gondi is an excellent heart doctor and surgeon. He took all my fears away and gave me a copy of the printout to show to my family and explain what happened.”

“I’ve told my family that if I’m ever in a bad accident or have any other serious problem, I’m not to be taken to any hospital but Baptist Health Floyd. They’ve taken good care of me and I wouldn’t trust my health to anyone else.”

James Weathers; ICD Patient—75 yrs. old

“Years ago, I had a quadruple bypass. Last year, during my checkup with Dr. Gondi, he said everything with the bypass was clear, but that my heart was enlarged and a little weak. He recommended an implantable cardiac defibrillator. I had the procedure on a Thursday afternoon and went home Friday morning.

“When I visited his office for my checkup, they printed out the record from the device. The nurse saw that the pacemaker function had kicked in several times one evening about 10 p.m. But what really got my attention was when she showed me where the defibrillator function had to shock my heart one morning at 5 a.m., when it had virtually stopped. I told her I get up every morning at 6 a.m. She said it was a good thing I had the implant or I wouldn’t have gotten up at all that morning!”

“All I can tell you is that if your doctor says you need an ICD, you should definitely get one. It extended my life. It gives me peace of mind to know if something should happen again, the ICD is going to take care of it.”