CINCINNATI (WKRC) — A Dayton teen athlete, who reportedly died three different times, is finally back at home after more than two months at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Ebonie Sherwood, 18, had to undergo an emergency heart transplant after collapsing from a heart attack at track practice on March 7.
Sherwood's doctors said she was technically dead before Stebbins High School staff resuscitated her with CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Sherwood, who had clots in her lungs and arteries, then went to two different hospitals before she was taken to UCMC.
“She died again,” said Dr. Suzanne Bennett, Co-Medical Director of the Cardiovascular ICU at UCMC. “We recognized at that time what we needed was time.”
Doctors put Sherwood on short-term life support, then decided she needed an emergency heart transplant. It’s a procedure so rare for an active 18-year-old that doctors thought it more fiction than real life.
“If you had written this into a 'Grey’s Anatomy' episode, I would have just stomped and said, ‘It’s not possible,’” said Dr. Louis Louis, Division Chief of Cardiac Surgery at UCMC.
After getting the transplant March 21, Sherwood was getting ready to go home, but then had a stroke which extended her stay in the hospital another two months.
Nurses put on a prom for her since she missed the school event, and on Wednesday, several of her classmates were on hand at the hospital to clap her out as she left to return home.
“I never expected much support,” said Ebonie.
Sherwood’s school had only one of the AED devices that saved her life, but many schools don’t have any.
An Ohio bill would require all schools to have one, and Kentucky recently approved a law that requires all middle and high schools to have one.
“Thankful isn’t even it. She wouldn’t be here if they didn’t, she would never have made it to the hospital if they didn’t have an AED machine,” said Sherwood’s mother, Beverly.