Emilie Hobbs

Emilie Hobbs

Emilie, age 22, passed away while on a run on February 23, 2018. A biochemistry graduate working toward her PhD, she had fainted while on a summer run the year prior, but her doctor without testing attributed it to dehydration, low electrolytes and overheating. That episode combined with her recurring dizziness, shortness of breath and fatigue that were determined by doctors to be simply stress and anxiety related where in fact underlying symptoms of two undiagnosed congenital heart conditions—arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) and hypertrophic septal cardiomyopathy. Upon collapse in 2018, CPR was delivered immediately by a bystander and an AED within four minutes by EMS, but Em’s heart was unable to do its job anymore.