Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Cornish Teenager Suffers Heart Attack
7:10am 4th October 2012
(Updated 7:10am 4th October 2012)
A Camborne teenager has told Pirate FM how what she thought was indigestion, turned out to be heart failure.
Jess Smith has been told it might have been down to a problem when she was born which caused an infection to attack her heart.
That infection could have come from having her ears pierced or a brace on her teeth. The infection got into her blood stream and attacked the valves in her heart.
She had to undergo seven hour long open heart surgery when she was just sixteen. But then she suffered a heart attack. She has spent the last year recovering.
She told Pirate FM: "It was really shocking because I was dancing and doing gymnastics and you don't expect it to happen to someone like that. Now I can't go out as much as I'd like because I get really tired, constantly, tired. I was off school for a year. It's had a big impact on my life."
The seventeen year old is now waiting for a transplant: "I've got to wait for the call and then I've got to go within half an hour to have the transplant, so I'm always on edge. It's really hard. It's effecting relationships with people. Me and my mum are much closer now but we're always worried, scared to be too far apart from each other in case we get the call."
Jess fears her dream of being a dancer is over because she now gets out of breath just walking upstairs.
Among the theories doctors are working on is that bacteria got into her system when she had her ears pierced when she was fifteen or from her dental braces.
You can hear more of her incredible story here...
Share This StoryTweet
WATCH: Giant Moving Man Snatched From Cornish Garden
You might recognise the famous 'Percy' statue from somewhere...
Teenager 'Struck In The Face' In Truro Assault
Police appeal launched after girl was targeted following City of Lights
UPDATE: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath
She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her
WATCH: Bodmin's Will Young "Declines" Strictly Group Dance
Singer has apparently refused to appear on the final show
BREAKING: Treliske On Highest Possible Alert
Cornwall News: But officials hope a new system could help ease pressure on A&E
Michael Barrymore to sue police for compensation in High Court
National News: Comedian and TV presenter Michael Barrymore will have his case for compensation from Essex Police heard in a High Court trial.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
Viola Beach crash likely to remain a mystery, says coroner
Showbiz News: It may never be known why the car carrying Viola Beach ploughed through crash barriers and plunged into a canal, an inquest has heard.
British hostage John Cantlie appears in new IS propaganda video
World News: A British hostage has appeared in a new Islamic State propaganda video said to have been recorded in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which coalition forces are currently trying to retake from militants.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter loses appeal against six-year ban
Sports News: Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban from football.
Passport photo-checking service tells Asian man to open eyes
Strange News: A New Zealand man had his passport photograph rejected because facial recognition software thought his eyes were closed.