EL RENO — El Reno senior Connor Bushyhead was starting to wonder if maybe softball just wasn’t for her anymore. She suffered a torn ACL and missed her entire sophomore season. Bushyhead could do nothing but watch as the Indians made it to the Class 5A state championship in their first tournament appearance ever.
But that was nothing compared to what she went through in the spring and summer of 2008. Playing a summer league game at Mustang, Bushyhead’s heart began to race. By the time she was taken to the emergency room, her heart was at 222 beats per minute. "I was so scared. I had no idea what was going on,” Bushyhead said. Bushyhead found out afterward that doctors stopped her heart for two seconds and then started it again, "just like you would with a computer.” She was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (svt), a heart condition that affects nearly 20 percent of all adults at one time or another. Leading symptoms include dizziness, shortness of breath, anxiety and a rapid pulse. In most cases, treatment is successful. Bushyhead would later have heart surgery. It wasn’t a complete success as it turned out she was allergic to the initial medication, but with the support of her friends and family, she made it through and has been healthy ever since when it comes to her heart. Getting back onto the field was another issue. "I was so hesitant because I didn’t know what I could or couldn’t do,” Bushyhead said.