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#82 Melissa's muscles melted and she was unable to walk, talk or move

Date published

18 Mar 2024
Melissa Domiati Close Up

Flying Doctor Episode #82: 

In a recent episode of the Flying Doctor Podcast, Melissa shared her harrowing journey of survival after experiencing a life-threatening reaction to anesthesia during a routine dental procedure. 

Her story sheds light on the potential risks associated with anesthesia and the importance of awareness and preparedness when it comes to managing health conditions.

Melissa's ordeal began innocuously enough with a visit to the dentist for a wisdom teeth removal procedure. 

Expecting to be back to her normal routine after a brief stint in the operating room, Melissa's life took a terrifying turn when her body reacted unexpectedly to the anesthesia.

Little did she know, she was about to face a battle for her life.

Melissa Domiati Formal Shot

Malignant hyperthermia, a rare genetic condition, triggered a rapid and dangerous increase in Melissa's body temperature, causing her muscles to melt and putting her life in imminent danger. 

Despite being under anesthesia, Melissa was unable to communicate with medical staff, compounding the urgency of the situation.

Thanks to the quick thinking and expertise of the medical team, Melissa's condition was stabilized, but the road to recovery was far from over. 

She faced significant physical and emotional challenges, including the loss of muscle and nerve tissue, ongoing neck problems, and the emotional toll of her traumatic experience.

Melissa with her husband

However, Melissa's resilience and determination shone through even in the darkest moments of her ordeal. 

Despite the physical limitations imposed upon her, she refused to succumb to despair, finding solace in small victories and drawing strength from the support of her loved ones.

As Melissa continues her journey towards recovery, her story serves as an inspiration to us all. It reminds us of the power of hope, determination, and community support in overcoming life's greatest challenges.

Flowers from the farm book

Melissa's new career involves writing poetry. She has published a poetry book called "Flowers from the Farm" and is actively sharing her poetry on platforms like Instagram. 

She is also working on a book about longevity and conducting interviews with people over 90 to learn about their secrets to living well. 

Melissa is also running workshops on longevity with her husband who is coaching people to reduce their biological age.