“I was born the year my sister died. I had a brother and a sister. They both died at the age of 10 from a heart attack. They were like three years apart. They didn’t know what happened to my sister. She had fainting spells but they thought it was just something little. They didn’t know what it was so I guess they just ignored it.
“My brother and I, we were about six years apart. And then he died when he was 10. I was 3 or 4, and I didn’t
know what was going on ’cause they didn’t tell me anything. I don’t remember much. I only remember the
good times, that’s it.
“[The doctors] kept asking my parents, ‘what’s your family history?’ and when they asked them that, they took
me out of the room. The day I found out was the day they told me I needed surgery. It came out way too fast. I couldn’t believe what was going on. You don’t expect a young person to have anything like this. There are some
people who look at you funny. You can just tell by their faces. I guess they’re afraid of catching it, like if I touch
them or something.”
((L) Estella looking at Patty’s x-ray in the hospital | (R) Estella and Patty after defibrillator implantation surgery)