Rebekah’s Fight Against Pulmonary Hypertension


In this video from Tzedakah Life, we meet Rebekah. Rebekah was just 12 years old when she discovered that a minor but undetected heart problem had led to the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

MORE: The difficulties of diagnosing pulmonary hypertension.

Rebekah talks about how her life has changed since her diagnosis. She used to be a very active girl who competed in twirling and gymnastic competitions, softball and martial arts. She then got so sick that she was no longer able to participate in all the activities she loved, or even attend school.

Life for Rebekah now consists of constant pain, difficulty breathing and spending a lot of time in the hospital. She talks about her hopes for the future — for better treatment and for a cure, so that she can go “back to normal again!”

MORE: Seven common questions about pediatric pulmonary hypertension.

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One comment

  1. Kathy L. says:

    I find it hard to believe that a minor heart defect could lead to pulmonary arterial hypertension, or did you mean pulmonary hypertension? No parent who has a child with a minor heart defect would want to see this post, it would be most distressing.

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