East Tennessee woman receives new mini-cardiac defibrillator

East Tennessee woman receives new mini-cardiac defibrillator

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Kay Bilbrey had the newest state-of-the-art mini-cardiac defibrillator implanted in her chest at UT Medical Center on April 25.. Kay Bilbrey had the newest state-of-the-art mini-cardiac defibrillator implanted in her chest at UT Medical Center on April 25..
"The reason I decided wasn't on cosmetics or the look, it was the weight," said Kay Bilbrey. "The reason I decided wasn't on cosmetics or the look, it was the weight," said Kay Bilbrey.
Dr. Jeremy Mahlow of UT Medical Center says the device delivers the same amount of power as larger defibrillators. Dr. Jeremy Mahlow of UT Medical Center says the device delivers the same amount of power as larger defibrillators.
The small size is a benefit to patients like her who have small frames. The small size is a benefit to patients like her who have small frames.
By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An East Tennessee woman is the first in the country to get a new life saving device. It's so new, it was only recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Kay Bilbrey had the newest state-of-the-art mini-cardiac defibrillator implanted in her chest at UT Medical Center on April 25..

She now just has a small bandage covering a tiny incision indicating where the device that can save her life is located. It's the smallest device of its kind yet.

"The reason I decided wasn't on cosmetics or the look, it was the weight," said Bilbrey.

The device operates just like other implanted defibrillators. It senses when the heart goes out of rhythm and shocks it back to a normal pace.

Dr. Jeremy Mahlow of UT Medical Center says the device delivers the same amount of power as larger defibrillators.

When he found out the mini-defibrillator was FDA approved and ready to go, he offered it as an option for Bilbrey.

The small size is a benefit to patients like her who have small frames.

Both doctor and patient are pleased with her outcome so far, and happy to be the first to put it to use.

"I'm shocked that I'm the only one that has it," Bilbrey marveled.

Bilbrey has a family history of heart disease and has been battling complications herself during the past several years.
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