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Local child is 1 of 6 kids living in NC with an adult pacemaker

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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) -- It started like any other morning. But, it turned into a day that would change Kimberly Fisher's life. Her happy, healthy daughter didn't feel well, so Kimberly told her to stay home from school.

It wasn't long before her daughter, Riley's, condition worsened and her mom took her to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Riley began having seizures...and the pair never made it to the hospital. Instead, her daughter was taken by air to doctors.

Now together, Kimberly and Riley want to raise awareness and money for other children fighting heart problems. Kimberly details her emotional journey for Good Morning Carolina. Riley opens up too...telling the story from her eyes later today on WWAY News Channel 3. In the meantime, hear from her mother and South Topsail Gym teacher to learn how the community is rallying around the family.

And in return...Riley is helping others.

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The story that aired on

The story that aired on television said that it was all due to a strep infection. Strep is certainly nothing to be taken lightly. Had one daughter who had it and it turned into Scarlet Fever. My other daughter has recurring problems with it and gets violently ill with it. The last time she had a mild seizure. That was scary, but it seems relatively mild compared to what Riley went through. What an awesome little girl!

Way to Go from another CHD/pacer patient!

Great job Riley and her school! My daughter, who is in 2nd grade at Lake Myra Elementary in Wendell, NC, is participating for the 3rd year in a row in Jump Rope for Heart in my honor at her school. I was born with 6 congenital heart defects, which doctors did not know until I was born and went into cardiac arrest. At one month old I was given an adult pacer (they did not have child ones back in 1980 and did not think the surgery would work which is why they waited one month). I am now on my 6th pacer (I was an active child and am an active adult and the pacer batteries do not last forever) and am a healthy mother of 3. I wish Riley continued health and would be happy for her or her mom to contact me if they wish to ask any questions about what it is like growing up with a pacer. Great job!

You have certainly been

You have certainly been through the ringer a time or two. Glad everything has worked out for you.

Thank you

I would love to contact you and gain a first person perspective of what this journey will entail. Thank you for sharing. This is very new to us, and while we are still adjusting, as a mom the hardest thing is letting her be a kid. I understand that is the best thing possible for her, but the uncertainties are abound. I would cherish a few moments of your time to talk about YOUR experience. Thank you so much for reaching out.

Riley

YAYY RILEY WE LOVE YOU AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF RAISING 1700 DOLLARS. Thank you for letting us be apart of your journey towards Jump Rope For Heart. STAY STRONG AND KEEP BEING THE BEAUTIFUL TALENTED RILEY YOU ARE. XOXOXO