Daylenis Acosta was 38 weeks pregnant with her baby girl and was experiencing shortness of breath, tiredness, trouble laying on her back to sleep, and swollen feet. Acosta went to a Tampa area hospital, where her care team performed an emergency C-section under general anesthesia. She woke up 2 1/2 weeks later from a medically induced coma at Tampa General Hospital where she had been flown to by helicopter in order to save her life.
Acosta was diagnosed with Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a rare heart disease that develops in one in every 3,000 women. A battery-operated Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) was attached to her abdomen. Without this machine helping her heart pump, Acosta wouldn't be alive. If her heart did not recover, Acosta was told that she would need a heart transplant. She never lost hope and with the support of her family, she remained positive and faithful in her team of doctors at TGH.
Sixteen months later, Acosta heard the news she had been praying for - the LVAD attached to her abdomen could be removed and she would not need a heart transplant. The LVAD was removed in June 2016. Acosta continues to pray for a long life with her daughter, husband, and family and says she is forever grateful to Tampa General for saving her life.