Teen Heals From Cardiac Problems - KFYRTV.COM - Bismarck, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Teen Heals From Cardiac Problems

Posted: Updated:

Most kids pass the time by playing outside and staying active. But not Emily Handt. She was born with a congenital heart defect, called a bicuspid valve. Because of that, she had to undergo open heart surgery. 

"When I would run I would lose my breath faster, and I wouldn't hardly be able to walk up a flight of stairs without breathing heavy," says Emily. "And so, my parents took me in and they did an Echo on me and then they found that I had to have surgery."

And when all of a sudden your kid is going in for open heart surgery, it can be pretty scary.

Open heart surgery, we weren't expecting that at all," says Emily's dad, Darcie. "The night before we left for the surgery, she couldn't even get back into the house."

Once Emily had the surgery, which went off without a hitch, cardiac rehab was a must. But therapists say Emily was a unique case. 

"We're used to working with the older population 50s to 80s," says Cardiac Rehab Coordinator, Judy Myers. 

"They helped me build my muscles up again and they helped me expand my lungs so I could work better," says Emily. "And I got out of cardiac rehab and I was able to run faster and I was able to do a lot more things."

Today she's like any other spry twelve year old, with an positive attitude that's as strong as her heart beat. 

"I'm feeling great," says Emily. 






 

 

 

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Just Two Days Left of the Fair

    Just Two Days Left of the Fair

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:11:12 GMT
    With all the things to see, do and eat, it can be hard to plan out the perfect way to end the state fair.
    With all the things to see, do and eat, it can be hard to plan out the perfect way to end the state fair.
  • Preparing for the 2015 State Fair

    Preparing for the 2015 State Fair

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:00 GMT
    The good news is that when the fair ends, planning for the next year has already begun.
    The good news is that when the fair ends, planning for the next year has already begun.
  • Geological Survey Palentologist Retires

    Geological Survey Palentologist Retires

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:59:53 GMT
    He's worked for the state's Geological Survey for 33 years, and today John Hoganson was honored for his years of service after announcing his retirement.
    He's worked for the state's Geological Survey for 33 years, and today John Hoganson was honored for his years of service after announcing his retirement.

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • TOOLBOX

  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Presidential Visit

    Presidential Visit

    Ongoing coverage of President Obama's visit to North Dakota.
    Ongoing coverage of President Obama's visit to North Dakota.
  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
  • On the Farm

    On the Farm

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFYR. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.