Help for Woman Physically & Emotional Scarred by Malfunctioning Heart Defibrillator

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Playing One Woman’s Faulty Defibrillator Scare

Heather was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy and had a defibrillator put in to help manage her condition, but the device horribly malfunctioned.

One night while watching TV with a friend, her defibrillator began to shock her over and over. She was thrown from the couch on to the floor and she describes it like she was being “kicked by a horse.” After numerous surgeries and procedures, Heather has been left with both physical and emotional scars from her near-death experience.

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She joins The Doctors seeking help as she fears she’s now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Every time I look at my scar it’s a reminder of what happened. I have constant anxiety. I’m crying myself to sleep. I’m afraid that my husband thinks I’m ugly with the scar… my worst fear is leaving my daughter… the constant fear of dying runs through my head every day,” she explains.

She tells The Doctors her heart is doing “much better,” but she is still suffering emotionally.

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“I used to be so care-free and so happy all the time now I’m just constantly scared and on edge. I just want to go back my old self again,” she says.

With the help of psychiatrist Dr. Todd Hutton and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra, The Doctors have some surprises for Heather that should help her live a healthier and less stressful life. Find out more in the video above!