Self-proclaimed “fat-thlete” achieves goal weight
Decatur resident Tina Tait struggled with weight her entire life despite leading an active lifestyle and avidly participating in races and charity walks. Tait started a weight loss blog as a journal for herself a few years ago that helped her lose 100 pounds the old-fashioned way with traditional diet and exercise. Much to her dismay, she later gained it all back. That’s when Tait turned to weight loss surgery at Piedmont Atlanta. A year later, Tait has lost over 120 pounds - about half of her initial body weight!
A mother’s intuition senses what some doctors couldn’t
When Teah Bramlett, 32, found it increasingly harder to breathe as she neared the final weeks of her pregnancy, she knew something was wrong but didn’t know what it was until she woke up from a medically-induced coma. Bramlett suffers from postpartum cardiomyopathy, a rare disorder that causes the heart to fail. At 12 weeks pregnant, Bramlett's heart was functioning normally. By the ninth month, her heart was functioning at less than 15 percent. Today, her heart functions with the help of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and it is unclear whether she will be able to come off the LVAD or if she will be in need of a heart transplant in the future.