Throughout her journey, she had prepared her daughter for emergencies by explaining her 'sore heart' and setting up Alexa to call for help.
It is truly astonishing to comprehend the level of technological advancement we have reached in the present era, where technology can play a vital role in preserving human life. A remarkable incident sheds light on this fact involving a mother and her daughter's use of Alexa, a home assistant service, which proved instrumental in saving her life. According to indy100, Emma Anderson who is from Robroyston in Glasglow underwent a heart transplant.
Just before she turned 16, Anderson was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which apparently makes the heart muscles too thick to function correctly. She said, "The way I was kind of described it was instead of beating against a cushion, it's like every beat the heart is beating against a brick wall so it's getting more and more damaged each time," reports BBC. She was on medication throughout her life. At 27, she got a heart transplant at the NHS Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank last year.
Anderson had always told her daughter Darcey from a young age that she had a "sore heart" and also told her what to do in case she found her mom unwell at home. The child who is six years old now, was able to stay calm and get help in two situations.
“We told Darcey that mummy had a sore heart so she’s always known I’ve had heart problems," shared the mom. They had set up Alexa in a way that it could call Anderson's mom in case of any emergency. “I set up the Alexa so that if I passed out or was feeling unwell all she had to do was say, ‘Alexa, call help!’, and that would call my mum who lives around the corner," said Anderson.
“And she’s had to call on Alexa a couple of times, she even called an ambulance on her own and that time I was in a really bad way. “I’m so proud of her, she is a wee superstar,” expressed the mom. After she was first diagnosed, the doctors had an internal defibrillator implanted inside her chest which got "fired" three times last year. However, since the heart transplant last year, her life has changed and she was even able to marry her partner Conner in July 2022.
Talking about her new life, Anderson said, “Since my transplant, I have a totally new life now. I can actually walk to school and pick her up and walk back again, something I could never do before."
She continued, “Over Easter, I managed to take Darcey swimming and to the play park, the farm park, simple things I wasn’t able to do before, I can do now. I’m able to be a mummy now.” However, getting the transplant was not easy for her. “I was on life support and all sorts of other treatments after my operation for a long while, and my muscles deteriorated so much I couldn’t walk anymore," she said.
The only thing that kept her going was learning to walk again so she could walk down the aisle. "I was literally discharged just over a week before the wedding, I still had stitches in walking down the aisle,” shared Anderson. While Anderson was in the hospital, she created a TikTok video with pictures of different stages of her heart journey with the help of Scots singing star Tom Walker's song, "The Best Is Yet To Come."
He was so touched by the video that he invited Anderson to be part of a video that had people who inspired him. “So I went down and did that with other people who were absolutely incredible, who had been through a lot in life too, and it was so nice of Tom to recognize that through his inspiring music. As the lyrics say, I definitely think the best is yet to come for me thanks to my organ donor,” said the mom.