Single Mother Goes For COVID Test, Ends Up At Emergency Ward For Open Heart Surgery

Sherese Powers tells her story of how she ended up at the emergency ward after going for the COVID Test, she narrated her story to Essence that she has been having severe chest pains and have run a lot of tests but most of the doctors find nothing wrong with her.

“When they would come, they would last for about an hour or so, and they were excruciating pain,” she said. “But I’ve been in healthcare for 11 years as a nurse tech and a medical assistant and I’m in nursing school, so at the time, I knew the signs of a heart attack. They didn’t feel like I was having a heart attack, but I just knew something wasn’t right.”

Since most of the tests came out normal, doctors told her it might be from anxiety attacks from being a single parent and then studying in the nursing school as well. But one day her brother dropped her off at the hospital for a covid test for work but the pain was severe she couldn’t ignore it anymore. That was the last thing she could remember, she woke up a couple of months later on the hospital bed with nurses around her taking reports. She has been placed in a medically induced coma and had open-heart surgery to correct the condition. Sherese Powers, 32, is now using Abbott’s HeartMate3 left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which helps pump blood from her left ventricle to the rest of her body.

“I don’t remember being dropped off. Apparently, by the time I got to the emergency room, I had already completed the cycle of a massive heart attack,” she recalls. “He said he’d been texting me and I have no recollection of any of that. I actually woke up two and a half months later. I was in cardiac ICU and I have two nurses standing at my bedside, giving reports, and I’ve been asleep all that time.”

“There were steps that could have been taken to prevent this. I could have had something less severe than this, but no one listened to me,” she says. “I went to the emergency room, I’ve been to my primary doctor, I’ve been to a urologist, I’ve been to cardiologists, and no one wanted to listen to me. And this is what happened. I could have died.”

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