Sara Brautigam, a 21-year-old from England, suffers from a debilitating syndrome known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).
According to Wikipedia, “People with POTS have problems maintaining homeostasis when changing position, e.g. moving from one chair to another or reaching above their heads. Many also experience symptoms when stationary or even while lying down.”
For Brautigam, however, the issue is even more serious: rapid palpitations cause her heart to stop completely. At this point, “her blood pressure to plummet[s] to what doctors record as clinically dead.”
In 2012, for instance, Brautigam died and was brought back to life 36 times. When she loses consciousness, paramedics do their best to inflict pain to shock Brautigam’s heart into beating.
Brautigam told BT.com:
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“When it happens paramedics try and do anything to inflict pain to try and shock me into coming back to life.
“A lot of the time I’ll wake up with big bruises.