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Zachary Zgabay

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Zachary's Story--

When I was young, either in first or second grade, I went to have surgery on my right eardrum, which had developed a hole. I was going to have a skin graft done to repair the hole, but was always going to have hearing damage in that ear. When I finally had the surgery, I woke up to find my legs tight and stiff. The next thing I remember, I was spending a few nights in the hospital. I had to almost learn to walk again as my muscles were very sore and tired. I used a walker for a few days to help me get around. This is when they found out I had malignant hyperthermia. The doctor told my mother that if it had been recognized just 10 minutes later, I would have died.

Since this episode, I have had other surgeries, but most of them have been with local anesthetics that do not trigger an MH episode. In the past three years, I have had two surgeries; one on my shoulder and another on my wrist. For both surgeries, I was under that care of an experienced anesthesiologist. Everyone was aware of my documented history of MH. Each surgery went smoothly.


As told by Zachary Zgabay

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