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From the Heart
June 5, 2019

Electrified

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Cardiol. 2019;4(8):725-726. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2019.1661

I never used to wonder what it meant to stay alive. I took it for granted. I was a tomboy, a daredevil, even after I fell out of a fiery DC-10 jet aircraft onto a runway at the Seattle-Tacoma airport during a botched evacuation at 3 years old. A Seattle Times reporter wrote that I was the most seriously injured person on the entire 380-passenger airplane.1 But kids are resilient, and so was I. I marched through my young life relatively unfazed. It was not until my 20s that my life changed in a dramatic way. Today, if it were not for the administration of electrical shocks all the time, I would be a goner.

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