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Gardening accident saves Wamego girl’s life


WAMEGO, Kan. (WIBW) – A Wamego woman says an accident in her garden led medical professionals to find an unknown heart condition that requires immediate attention.

Carla Campbell was working in her garden in October when she lost her footing and fell.

“Started gardening, messed up my tailbone … just … it kind of went downhill, but not really.” Wamego Health Center, cardiac rehab patient, says Carla Campbell.

Carla was treated for a broken tailbone, but her pain persisted. She went to a pain clinic and the nurse who was taking her vital signs noticed that her pulse was abnormal.

“If I hadn’t crawled around in the yard and been annoyed by the way my back hurt. I don’t think they would have got the aneurysm and are so pretty happy. “Says Campbell.

Carla’s doctor made her wear a vest monitor. It turned out that she needed immediate medical attention for an aortic dissecting aneurysm.

“My cardiologist called Thursday morning and said go to the hospital, don’t go by, don’t take your medication. Just go and they will know what to do with you. “Says Campbell.

Carla was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City for treatment.

“We spent 15 days there while they made sure that the operation can now remove a lot of scar tissue. Get my blood pressure low, put me in the intensive care unit, then put a pacemaker. And I have to come home and come here. “Says Campbell.

Carla is now doing cardiac rehabilitation at the Wamego Health Center and is working towards her goals.

“I want to go back to the yard. I have grandchildren. You are all young. I have to be vital. I need some perseverance. “Says Campbell.

Carla says watch out for the warning signs your body is giving you and ask your doctor before it’s too late.

The Wamego Health Center’s Heart Rehabilitation Center serves the communities of Alma, Onaga, St. George, St. Marys, Wamego, and Westmoreland.

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