EMT suffers life-threatening health scare on call

Shawn Betts was helping a woman who had fallen when he suffered supraventricular tachycardia and was diagnosed with a rare heart defect


By EMS1 Staff

WHITE OAK, Pa. — An EMT was diagnosed with a rare heart condition after suffering a health scare while on a call.

WTAE reported that White Oak EMS EMT Shawn Betts was on a call helping a woman who had fallen when he experienced a life-threatening rapid heart rate due to supraventricular tachycardia, which is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the heart.

Shawn Betts was on a call helping a woman who had fallen when he experienced a life-threatening rapid heart rate. (Photo/GoFundMe)
Shawn Betts was on a call helping a woman who had fallen when he experienced a life-threatening rapid heart rate. (Photo/GoFundMe)

After being transported to the hospital, Betts was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and must undergo a cardiac ablation to correct the abnormal electrical signals in his heart.

The operation will require Betts to take three months of unpaid leave from work, and a GoFundMe has been set up to help with medical bills.

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