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Middle Georgia woman's life is saved by defibrillator

Marie Antoinette Ash's life was saved by her LifeVest defibrillator./ Jalynn Carter WGXA

Warner Robins, GA-- Marie Antoinette Ash has a heart condition known as Congestive Heart Failure. She recalled the time she nearly lost her life.

"I went to lay down, go to sleep," said Ash. "All of a sudden, I woke up and I kept seeing like stars, like I couldn't get my grounding."

She was wearing her LifeVest cardiac defibrillator at the time and her life was saved.

Dr. George Le-Bert explained the condition and how the LifeVest works.

"Congestive Heart Failure is the term used to identify the heart's inability to pump effectively and maintain circulation that may be compatible with the needs or requirements of daily life," explained Dr. Le-Bert. "The LifeVest is a wearable cardiac defibrillator that has been designed to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest related to arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythms."

Ash is now a homemaker. She believes that without LifeVest she would no longer be able to spend time with her family.

"On January 22nd at 11:43pm, I think I would've been deceased," said Ash. "I'm home and I'm cooking and cleaning and taking care of my grandbaby. He is just such a joy and I don't think I could ever forgive myself for not doing what I was supposed to do just to be here with him."

Dr. Le-Bert explained he has seen success with defibrillators.

"They are used for a variety of medications both as a preventative measure and for secondary measures," said Dr. Le-Bert. "They're an important part of our practice today."

For more information on how the LifeVest defibrillator works, visit http://lifevest.zoll.com

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