Sunday night gospel singing to benefit Lacey

Published 2:25 am Saturday, January 7, 2017

A gospel singing, Only In Love (O.I.L.) is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Living God.

The event is in support of Falisa Lacey, who is having a heart procedure in Atlanta next week.

“I appreciate the support so much,” she said. “My finances aren’t the best.”

0107-falisa-laceLacey, a phlebotomist at Mizell Memorial Hospital, had noticed episodes in which her heart raced.

“I was having really bad palpitations,” she said. “I would have them real bad, and get dizzy. But they would go away after 5 or 10 minutes.

“In November, my heart started racing with me,” she said. “Usually, it would last five minutes or so. This time, it started at 7:30 or 8 p.m. I thought it would stop.

“At about 1:30, I called my daughter to come see about the babies because I was going to call my ex-husband to take me to the hospital.”

As an employee of Mizell, she planned to go there. But she felt so bad as she tried to dress to go, her family called an ambulance and she went to Andalusia Health, instead.

“Of course, by the time I got to the hospital, it had stopped,” she said.

But test showed problems with her heart enzymes that indicated a possible heart attack.

“Andalusia sent me to Southeast in Dothan,” she recalled. “The ran some tests – stress and echocardiogram. They determined I hav a hole in my heart. The hole has actually been there since I was born. Most times, it closes up, but mine didn’t. They say the older you get, the more likely you are to have problems.”

From Dothan, she was referred to Emory Hospital in Atlanta. She will leave for the city Monday, have more tests, then have the procedure Tuesday afternoon. She hopes to be released Wednesday afternoon.

The procedure is similar to getting heart stents, she said, and if all goes well, she plans to be back at work in a couple of weeks.

At 57, she was surprised to learn of the condition she’s lived with her whole life.

“I remember my mama saying the doctor said I had a heart murmur,” she said. “I’d go to doctors, and some could hear it, and some couldn’t hear it. Never thought anything about it. Lot of times, when children have that murmur, they grow out of it.’

The Church of the Living God is located on Tucker Street in Andalusia. For additional information, call Hattie Lawson at 343-59689 or Linda Lawrence at 222-0136.