About me - 

Hi my name is KJ (Krishna Jhangiani), I just turned 17 and unlike any normal teenager going out to celebrate with friends, I spent my birthday in isolation at the ICU of the hospital (not exactly the way any 17 year old would imagine spending their birthday….). I’ve created this BLOG called “Life at 15%” because I want people to know what it really is like to be living on the edge of life and also to support people going through a similar situation. Recently I was told I suffer from Heart Failure and the medical term for my condition is Dilated Cardiomyopathy also known as DCM. 

 

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently. In fact, my heart was pumping at 15% Ejection Fraction rate. The average Ejection Fraction rate of a human being is between 50-70%, this meant that I was pumping around a quarter of the blood around my body compared to a normal person. A person who suffers from Dilated Cardiomyopathy often suffers from the following symptoms -

* Shortness of breath 

* Lack of energy 

* Pulmonary edema  

* Most importantly an enlarged heart which then leads to weakening of the heart muscles.

 

Most people who suffer from Dilated Cardiomyopathy don't show many symptoms and their body learns how to adapt to the low Ejection Fraction, this is one of the main reasons why people usually die before finding out that they suffer from this. 

You can just imagine how much information we had to take in. I'm extremely happy that even though thing's didn't look good, everyone around me was keeping up their positive attitude. If you'd like to read from the beginning of my story you can click the button below. 

Throughout my 4 months at Queen Mary Hospital and Queen Elizabeth hospital, I was taken care of by the best Cardiac doctors there are in Hong Kong. If it wasn’t for the Cardiothoracic team at Queen Mary hospital as well as the nurses from wards D4,C5 and D5 I wouldn’t be where I am today. These doctors and nurses have been there to support me from day one. I have developed a very strong bond with them and can honestly say that I trust them with my life, over time we became better in communicating ideas about my progress and never did they make decisions without me knowing or cut out any paths which were possible for recovery. I would also like to thank the team of Physiotherapists at Queen Mary Hospital for always pushing me to walk more and try and go back to normal activities after the operations.- If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be able to walk as much as I can today. 

 

Doctors name - 

 

Dr T.C. YUNG 

Dr K.S LUN 

Professor Y.F CHEUNG 

Dr P.C CHOW 

Dr W.Y POON 

Dr K.T CHAU 

DR B NG 

Dr C.M HUI 

Dr S.Y KWOK 

Dr K.L WONG 

Dr K FAN 

Dr K.C HO

Dr. T W.K AU 

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