Doctors told Debi she might never sing again. Of course, at the beginning of her medical odyssey, it was all doctors could do to keep the former professional singer breathing.
A massive heart attack in 2004 set off a chain of surgeries, setbacks and rehabilitation for Debi that lasted seven years. Initial vein grafts failed. Doctors induced comas and gave her a tracheotomy. One surgery left her with no feeling in her left leg.
“I woke up and I couldn’t remember anything. I had to relearn to read and write, walk, talk and eat.”
When her rehabilitation ended, Debi began looking for work, but that, too, proved traumatic.
“Nobody would give me a chance because of that big lapse in employment,” she said.