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Bea and Gus

teenager and pacemaker

Bea White, with her dog Gus, was a senior in high school in 2017 when she was diagnosed with heart block, a condition that caused her heart to beat slower than normal. She had a pacemaker implanted two years later. (Photo by Anna Erickson White)

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