WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jessie Mabe acknowledged that running her first 5-kilometer race was difficult. But given where she came from, she couldn’t stop smiling about it.
Mabe, 21, had heart surgery in March 2011 after doctors discovered a hole in her heart that was causing her extreme fatigue. She was fortunate that the defect was found at all.
“I was actually getting a check-up because I was having stomach pains, and the doctor heard something with my heart and said I should have it checked out,” said Mabe, who works full time and goes to school part time at Forsyth Tech.
Mabe, who ran track and played softball for North Stokes High School, made the St. Leo 5K on March 17 her comeback race.
Her condition — atrial septal defect (ASD) — is a congenital heart defect in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers does not close completely.
This article was written by John Dell and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.