When an illness presents itself in a young person, the impact is felt through the family. Such was Brian’s experience in being picked up off the lacrosse field while in the grips of a mysterious cardiac arrest at age 17. Panic consumed his family and doctors were at a loss to diagnose what problem had revealed itself in an otherwise healthy and athletic person.
As his family doctor worked tirelessly to save his life, Brian was already unknowingly benefiting from research done at MMRL. He was diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome and fitted with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator at age 18. He no longer played sports, but he was grateful to be alive as a beneficiary of the Institute’s research and development.
A few years later, while in law school and enjoying a lifestyle almost free from worry about his disease, Brian met the Institute’s development and communications director at a Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) presentation. He was amazed to learn of the MMRL’s status as the nation’s leading center for the study of Brugada Syndrome. Almost immediately he found himself on the phone with the Institute’s director of research. “That conversation resulted in me becoming a part of the solution to my condition,” Brian said.
With the MMRL opening its doors to him, Brian submitted DNA for testing and received updates on the results. Already a beneficiary of the Institute’s research and advancement of life-saving technologies, such as those embodied in his ICD, he looks forward to the Institute’s development of further diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that will enhance medical therapy for him and all future generations.