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Mother carries defibrillator just in case

Updated: July 12, 2004, 12:41 AM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- When Dana Vollmer heads to the pool, she brings along her suit, cap and goggles.

Her mother is in charge of the defibrillator.

"I won't even touch it," Vollmer said.

The 16-year-old Texan swims with a rare condition that could cause her heart to beat rapidly -- then suddenly stop. If that happens, death can occur within minutes. So Cathy Vollmer brings along a defibrillator to all her daughter's meets, ready to spring into action if the ...

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