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Lucia is an 8 year old girl who is a patient of Dr. Paulson who suffered a
cardiac arrest in her front yard last spring. Mom did CPR and the police
used a defibrillator to get her heart going again. She had an MRI that
looked pretty bad and her parents were told she’d never walk or talk again.
However, after 16 days at Children’s she walked out neurologically normal.
It really is a miracle! Turns out she had Catecholaminergic Polymorphic
Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT) where she can go into an arrhythmia if her
heart rate gets too high. She now is on a beta blocker and has an
implantable defibrillator and is doing great.
The American Heart Association made her the guest of honor at their
Minneapolis gala last week. They made a very nice, professional video
about her and her family. Go to YouTube and search for Lucia’s Story Parts
1 and 2. They are only a few minutes each. The links can also be found