I had open heart surgery at 12 days old. The recovery process was tough, but I pulled through like a champ with the support of my family, friends, and medical staff!
Most recently, on August 22, 2017, I suffered a massive heart attack. I had to be given chest compressions and CPR for 60 minutes. In addition, the doctor's had to put me on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation); a technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount to sustain life. Once, the medical team brought me back to life, I was immediately whisked away to the Operating Room; where my heart surgeons performed a 10 hour emergency open heart surgery. The first week in the hospital was a roller coaster. I ended up going to the OR a total of 5 times due to different complications that I experienced.
By the grace of God, my heart surgeon Dr. Velez, and the amazing medical staff at Phoenix Children's Hospital I am alive! I can't put into words how grateful and blessed my family & I feel that I am here today; even after all of the things I have endured. I share my story in hopes of being a beacon of hope, a ray of sunshine and a pillar of strength to this world!
I'm currently preparing for my 10th heart walk on Saturday March 28th, 2020 at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza at 8:00am. I speak from the heart & challenge you to join my team "Giselle's Heartbeat Team" and/or make a tax-deductible donation to my page!
Today it's me; tomorrow it could be you or a loved one standing here. If you want to help in a HUGE way to take a stand against heart disease; donate if you can; whether it be your time and/or money to help fund research for heart disease. Remember, we are not only raising funds, we are raising heartbeats!
Cardiovascular disease is the No.1 killer of all Americans. In fact,
someone dies from CVD every 38 seconds! Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined & congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.
The funds raised will be used to support projects like these:
Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors' hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research. About 36,000
babies are born with heart defects each year --research is the key to
saving babies' lives.
Getting life-saving information to those who need it most - information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices.
Imagine the impact if we reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020!
I'm participating in the Heart Walk to promote physical activity to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke for my loved ones and me. Please help me reach this lifesaving goal by donating today. Together, we can make healthier, longer lives possible for everyone.
Please join me in taking a stand against heart disease & help save
lives one heart at a time! Thank you in advance for your support!