Katharina Bauer makes pole vault with defibrillator


Whe watches Katharina Bauer on TV as she winds up, can’t see it. There is a scar under her left arm, including a small box about the size of a jewelry box. The place feels hard, like plastic. Hidden under the skin: her defibrillator.

Katharina Bauer is a pole vaulter, German indoor champion, she takes part in European and World Championships – and she has a heart defect. Three years ago, her heart still produced 15,000 to 18,000 extra beats in one day.



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