246 Theresa Waldinger


Out of the blue on 12/16/07 I collapsed onto the floor and was unable to stand or speak.  After thirty minutes passed I was able to stand.  On 12/17/07 it happened again!  I went to the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital.  Over the next few days, several cardiologists told me that I had sudden aborted cardiac death, two times, and was lucky to be alive.  I was transferred and admitted to University of Pennsylvania and discovered I had a very rare cardiac defect that would cause my life to end quickly.  I was forty-one.  I was told I had two years to live. I sunk into depression and confusion.  How could this be??? I was healthy and active.  How could I be this sick and not know it.  I had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted and the procedure nearly killed me as the pacemaker wires punctured my heart and I was bleeding internally while taking a blood thinner.  By the grace of God, something inside me knew I was in danger and I rushed back to the hospital and barely made it back in time.  I was almost dying AGAIN.   I arrived at U of P and they rushed me into surgery that had to be done without anesthesia due to the delicate condition of my heart.  Remarkably, I survived even this…. I found this green glass cube you are looking at shortly after arriving home to recover.  It is 2016 and I am still alive.  Never allow anyone to give you your expiration date.  Trust God instead!  Theresa Waldinger, age fifty!