November 8, 2018 - GoFundMe for Swim Coach Kyle Kikuta
Swim coach Kyle Kikuta has been an integral and positive part of our swim community, serving not only swimmers on his own team, Almaden Riptides, but also numerous Pacific Swimming athletes on All-Star travel meets.
Kyle was diagnosed with Brugada syndrome at 22 after collapsing on the pool deck during a swim meet. Brugada syndrome is a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorder that is sometimes inherited. People with Brugada syndrome have an increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms from the lower chambers of the heart. As a result of Kyle’s diagnosis, he was treated with a medical device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).
In 2016, Kyle began having additional complications where he experienced multiple fainting episodes as a result of his irregular heartbeats and palpitations. Kyle was treated in December 2016 with cardiac ablation surgery, a procedure to scar or destroy tissue in your heart that's allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm. The fainting episodes continued and he was treated again in March 2018 in Thailand. Now that he has had more than 20 of these fainting spells and cardiac arrest incidents, he will be having the procedure for a third time in late November 2019 in Los Angeles.
Donations will be used by Kyle for the following:
- Upcoming costs for travel to LA later this month for cardiac ablation surgery and March 2018 lingering expenses from travel to Thailand for the same surgery
- Rising medical costs & any unforeseen medical costs
- Uber/Lyft costs as he is unable to drive
For more details and if you would like to support Kyle, please follow this link to his GoFundMe page