In March 2013 Kelly Syler went to a walk-in clinic where she was diagnosed with bronchitis and given antibiotics and steriods. Not long after that, her leg and stomach started to swell, which she thought was due to the steroids. Things became worse very quickly, and soon she was in the ER because she couldn’t breathe. She had fluid on her lungs and heart, was in multiple organ failure, and had minor blood clots throughout her body.
Kelly was on a ventilator for 6 days, and during that time, her boyfriend asked her to marry him. She said yes and they were married in December.
In July, the doctors put in a pacemaker and defibrillator. Kelly’s family checked in to HHH on October 22nd and she soon received a LVAD. She was able to go back home on November 21 and is currently waiting for a heart transplant.