At 13, Leilani Graham was running on the treadmill in her garage when she suddenly collapsed. Her mother, who was supposed to be gone, heard a bizarre moaning sound coming from the garage and rushed to find her daughter unconscious. She immediately called 911.
At the emergency room, an electrocardiogram showed an abnormality in her heart. Further tests showed Graham had an enlarged left ventricle.
“I was told I should have died,” Graham said.
Doctors implanted a defibrillator in her chest that would shock her heart back into a normal rhythm should she again go into cardiac arrest. It saved her life three times.
The first time was several months later. Her PE class was running the mile relay. She’d been told she could no longer do competitive sports or go on long runs. Still, she thought it would be OK to