Dancer Contracts Life-threatening Coronary Heart An Infection From Contaminated Pacemaker

A 21-year-old dancer was left getting ready to loss of life after being fitted with a pacemaker which ought to have saved her life, however as a substitute contaminated her with a killer bug.

Mikayla Meres, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, shared surprising pictures of herself “hanging on by a thread” in hospital after micro organism on the machine despatched her into septic shock.

She suffers from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which brought on erratic heartbeat and was pressured to surrender fashionable and up to date dance aged 17 because of this.

Docs mentioned surgical procedure to implant a coronary heart rate-regulating pacemaker may repair the issue and Meres hoped it might assist her get again up on stage.

Meres was fitted with a pacemaker that brought on an an infection in her coronary heart valve, which had turned septic.


However inside 48 hours of the operation final November, she was in agony and unable to maneuver with endocarditis, an an infection in her coronary heart valve, which had turned septic.

Medics eliminated the machine however that brought on the an infection to unfold to the remainder of her physique, inflicting her to realize 40 lbs. of fluid and her important organs to started to fail.

Miraculously, Meres defied the percentages to battle again with the assistance of antibiotics, and she or he lastly returned dwelling earlier this 12 months after six months in hospital.

Tragically she is now not in a position to dance resulting from ongoing issues together with her coronary heart, however has vowed to stay life to the fullest, and needs to encourage others to do the identical.

“The pacemaker was supposed to assist save my life however as a substitute it did the exact opposite,” Meres mentioned. “I used to be so optimistic getting in to get it fitted. I assumed I used to be lastly on the best street and that it might actually change issues.”

“However afterwards I began having ache on the pacemaker web site and fluids have been popping out,” she mentioned. “Inside two days I used to be fully disabled, unable to maneuver, eat, drink or go to the lavatory. A part of me knew I used to be dying.”

“They mentioned I should not have survived it,” Meres mentioned. “They did not imagine I used to be going to. Now I am making an attempt to stay my life greater than I did earlier than as a result of it actually scared me.”

“I am nonetheless in ache 24/7, however I’ve instructed myself I’ll go to work and I’ll do all the pieces I needed to do earlier than this all occurred,” she mentioned.

Meres cherished up to date, fashionable and lyrical dance by highschool and loved performing in exhibits in her hometown.


Along with her coronary heart issues the teenager suffers from endometriosis, a painful situation the place the tissue lining the within of the uterus grows on the surface. Her ongoing well being points pressured her o examine from dwelling and lower her hours working as a barista. 

She was identified with lupus, the place the immune system assaults its personal tissues, in December and has suspected a number of sclerosis.

Regardless of her ailing well being Meres has vowed to battle by the ache and plans to enroll in faculty to develop into a nurse or baby psychologist.

She additionally desires of in the future having the ability to dance once more.

“I cherished having the ability to inform a narrative and categorical emotion by motion,” Meres mentioned. “It made me actually joyful. After I acquired sick I hoped that in the future I might get higher and begin dancing once more.”

“I am nonetheless hoping in the future I am going to discover the best remedies that’ll make it potential once more,” she mentioned. “I am preventing for my life on a regular basis and it’s exhausting, however every time you’re at your lowest and do not imagine you may final one other second, you may.”

“There have been so many occasions after I thought, ‘I can not do that any extra,’ however I’m nonetheless right here,” Meres mentioned. “I am very very cussed and I’ll be right here for so long as I bodily might be. I am not going to surrender.”