I received life saving treatment immediately...

by ROAD iD Staff May 21, 2021

I have a pre-existing congenital heart condition, and a few months ago, during equestrian training, I suddenly experienced severe chest pain and shortness of breath. I immediately drove to the ER and was unable to communicate verbally upon arrival. The triage staff noticed my Road ID, read my info and were able to determine I was suffering from right-sided heart failure.

The ER staff used my Road ID to contact my parents who were able to provide the essential background info on my heart condition. I later found out that the ER staff had assumed I was suffering from a drug overdose. While this diagnosis would have also required medical attention, my Road ID facilitated the immediate life-saving treatment only available at a specialty heart center and eliminated a possible lengthy medical assessment.

I am now recovering from my fourth, and hopefully final, open-heart surgery, and am on my way to making a full recovery. I originally purchased my Road ID because it is mandatory to wear your contact info on your person during equestrian events in the event of an accident. I now wear my Road ID all the time. I never thought it would alert medical professionals to an underlying health condition, but it did, and as such I am forever grateful for your products.

- Alex .M from Southern Pines, NC