Jenny DeVoe, 36, felt achy, had a fever and sensed some flutters in her heart.
It was January 2017, the height of the flu season. Her family including her two boys, Dyllan, 15, and Jackson, 2, had been sick in recent days and she thought that she had caught their bug.
On Saturday, January 7th, she awoke to get ready for work, but had trouble breathing and nearly fainted in the shower. Her parents, who had come to babysit her son, Jackson, found her sitting on her bed, out of breath and exhausted. Yet Jenny was determined to go to work.
But first, she decided to have her father drive her to the local urgent care center. When she had trouble walking to the car, Jenny’s father, a former volunteer firefighter, suspected that Jenny’s condition was more serious than a quick trip to urgent care. Instead, he drove her directly to the emergency room (ER) in Dowagiac, Michigan.
When she got out of the car, Jenny felt sick to her stomach and passed out into her father’s arms in the parking lot. In the ER, physicians found that her heart was racing – as fast as if she had just run a marathon – and gave her various medications to slow her heart down, which did not work.
They realized that she needed additional cardiac expertise, so they decided to transfer her to a larger hospital.