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Woman dies 36 times in a single year

March 9, 2015 | Comment icon 14 comments



The unusual condition keeps causing the heart to stop beating. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Sara Brautigam suffers from a rare condition that stops her heart beating for up to a minute at a time.
The 21-year-old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire was diagnosed four years ago with Postural orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, an ailment that causes her heart to stop beating and her blood pressure to drop to a level usually associated with clinical death.

Every time this happens it is necessary for medics to try to shock her back to life by inflicting physical pain, an unfortunate solution given that she also suffers from a condition that makes her joints particularly prone to injury and dislocation.

The combination of both ailments has seen her ending up in hospital 64 times in a single year.
"There are signs before it happens - I'll feel dizzy or sick and really tired and then I feel as though I'm falling asleep," she said. "After an attack I'll wake up and my chest will be killing and I’m really tired."

Given the number of times that her heart has stopped beating due to her condition many people have asked her if she has ever had any near-death experiences.

"I get asked it quite a lot, but there is definitely no bright light," she said. "Everything just goes black."

"You can still hear things and there is a voice in my head that is still active and still conscious and it is trying to communicate with those around me. I can remember what people are saying when I black out but have no other awareness of what's going on."

Source: BT | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Helen of Annoy 8 years ago
hahaha! I love this! where are your gods/faeries/angels? 36 chances a year to give a DEAD person a single sign, not a peep! HAHAHAHAHA! Hold the hysterics. If you had read the article you’d notice she is quite unique because technically she is clinically dead for the time her heart stops beating, but blacking out makes it possible for her heart to start up again. When time comes for her heart to stop without intention to start up again – hopefully after many, many years – then it will be the death and you can wonder if she met the maker or not. So far, she describes the same anyone who fainted... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
The most telling bit is that she still has an inner dialog and she is trying to communicate with those around her. That is not brain death. What a horrible condition though! I really feel for this lady
Comment icon #7 Posted by Misanthropic 8 years ago
And here i thought my problems were big. Moral: There's worse pain than yours.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Rolci 8 years ago
big deal, people can consciously speed up and slow down their heart rate by thought, even stop it, it's all controlled by the sympathetic nervous system which is well-known to be able to be influenced by the mind.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Joke-Train 8 years ago
I guess it's just not her time, yet. Yet.
Comment icon #10 Posted by aria7 8 years ago
that's a lot to go through and so young as well !!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ceridwen_9 8 years ago
The poor woman has a ****ty existence. It has to be pure torture for her. I've never heard of this health crisis before. As for @Mayidieoneday Just wondering about your religion?. gods and angels and fairies are most def NOT in the same religion. Now, if you had asked where are your gods and angels?. I would have thought you were christian. If you'd asked where are your fairies i'd have thought you were a wannabe Wiccan or Pagan. Or maybe you are an athiest?. If so you should have clarified. I'm Pagan. And we don't believe in seeing gods or fairies upon death.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ceridwen_9 8 years ago
big deal, people can consciously speed up and slow down their heart rate by thought, even stop it, it's all controlled by the sympathetic nervous system which is well-known to be able to be influenced by the mind. I agree with what you are saying,that is possible to do. But I don't think she's doing that,who would do that to themselves. That's insane to play with your life every day multiple times a day like that.
Comment icon #13 Posted by mayidieoneday 7 years ago
Hold the hysterics. If you had read the article you’d notice she is quite unique because technically she is clinically dead for the time her heart stops beating, but blacking out makes it possible for her heart to start up again. When time comes for her heart to stop without intention to start up again – hopefully after many, many years – then it will be the death and you can wonder if she met the maker or not. So far, she describes the same anyone who fainted would describe. Yep, the hearing goes last. deI know quite a bit about blacking out, i black out really often. Hearing doesn't go last ... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Delovely5150 7 years ago
I feel for the woman, she needs family and friends by her side. No one should be experiencing such terrible pain.


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