“You can’t imagine. When you’re about to lose everything that you’ve worked so hard for, it’s hard,” Lyons said.
She is a U.S. Navy veteran who, up until six months ago had a great job working as a surgical technician at a well-known hospital. Then, the unthinkable happened.
At just 37 years old, while on duty, right in the middle of a surgery, Lyons suffered a heart attack.
“We were just finishing up the surgery and I felt something like a hot flash hit me and before I could even get the words out, I hit the floor. My heart rate was at, like, in the 20s which is damn near death,” she said.
Lyons was diagnosed with a serious heart condition called neurocardiogenic syncope, which causes rapid lowering of blood pressure and can make the victim pass out without any warning.