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Olympian Dana Vollmer swims against tide of adversity

Most kids carry a towel, swimsuit and goggles when they go for a swim. Not Dana Vollmer, she brought along a defibrillator. Vollmer was a 15-year-old sporting prodigy when she noticed something was very wrong. She had gotten out of the pool and yet her heart continued to race. The teen was suffering from what was soon diagnosed as supra ventricular tachycardia, an unsettling and life-threatening condition that can trigger an irregular pulse rate of as high as 240 beats per minute. It can also cause a heart to suddenly stop.[sidebar]Vollmer underwent surgery, but would scarcely admit there was anything wrong with her. Indeed, eleven days after her procedure she placed fifth in the 100m fly at the 2003 Spring Nationals. But every time she took to the water, her mother Cathy was poolside with the defibrillator, a harrowing reminder that there remained a serious threat to her life. But when asked in a 2004 interview with the Associated Press whether she would consider giving up for the sak...

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