An Inspiring Example
Lilly Kwitowski, a brave survivor of a ventricular septal defect
Kim Kwitowski works out at the Eastside YMCA along with Dan Kerchansky, VP of Bauer Specialty Commercial Services and during a conversation it came out that Kim’s daughter Lilly is the Erie Heart Hero for 2018. Kim shared this with us about her daughter Lillian’s story.
At six months old Lilly was diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect which is a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart. A second opinion at Rainbow Babies in Cleveland confirmed the diagnosis. Lilly led a normal and active life until the age of five, when she began developing minor symptoms which eventually progressed into rapid heartbeat, dizziness and shortness of breath.
We were informed by her doctors that her symptoms were not related to her VSD. Lilly then underwent various testing and procedures in an attempt to figure out what was wrong. She was eventually prescribed beta blockers in an attempt to slow her heart rate.
At the age of 8, Lilly was a candidate to have a cutting edge cardiac monitor implanted to gather data and diagnose her condition. After six months of data, Lilly was diagnosed with Tachycardia and underwent a cardiac ablation to repair the electrical signal in the heart’s chambers which were firing abnormally.