On November 14, 2014, Sharon Baires went into the hospital to check on her shortness of breath. Minutes later, she was undergoing emergency surgery for a previously implanted heart wire that malfunctioned. The wire is for blood pressure and heart rate management. She endures the immediate code blue process wide-awake, without sedation, almost dying on the table.
“On a 1 through 10 scale, it was definitely a 10 pain level,” she described, “and it was excruciating. It felt like someone was dragging a saw across my heart.”
Half way through the procedure, Baires said she began fading out and soon passed out from the pain. She states that she knew she was dying at that moment.
“That day, I was one of three code blue calls in the hospital,” Baires describes, “and I was the only one who survived.”
After the emergency procedure was complete, Baires spent the next five days recovering in the Intensive Care Unit. In addition, she had a high tech pacemaker implanted to regulate her irregular heartbeat. It is no larger than a quarter dollar.
Baires checks her blood pressure multiple times a day.
“I check it every few hours. I am so nervous about anything happening. There are still so many questions I have.”