PEOPLE > MARLA LEVY
Public Speaker, Community and Patient Activist
At 41 years old, Marla, a mother to 1-and-3-year-old daughters, devoted wife, and full-time medical sales worker; had her life turned upside down. Within a span of 18 days, she underwent three open-heart surgeries and spent six of those days on life support during end-stage kidney failure. After seven weeks in the hospital, she was finally able to come home but remained under constant care. She spent several months relearning how to walk and live independently and had several near fatal experiences with an outpatient dialysis unit. However, Marla triumphed against impossible odds which she attributes to hope, optimism, kindness and modern medicine and devices.