“Fear Nothing,” is the motto former Fowler teen Brilane Manchego now lives by. Life to Brilane, a sophomore at Pueblo West High School, and her family means so much more as this summer while on vacation Brilane suffered cardiac arrest.


“Fear Nothing,” is the motto former Fowler teen Brilane Manchego now lives by. Life to Brilane, a sophomore at Pueblo West High School, and her family means so much more as this summer while on vacation Brilane suffered cardiac arrest.


What started out as a fantastic vacation, soon turned into a nightmare for Brilane and her family. After spending time playing volleyball Brilane jumped into the pool for a race. Cami Cullum, Brilane’s mom, was at the end of the pool cheering her daughter on when upon finishing the race Brilane did not surface. Cullum immediately began chest compressions, while her boyfriend called 911. “I give all the glory to God, for the string of events that followed,” Cullum said. Having just finished her CPR training was thankful that her training took over. The ambulance, only two blocks away, responded within a couple of minutes and took over. “I heard one of them say that there was no pulse,” Cullum reflected. After an excruciating ride to the hospital that lasted about 20 minutes, Cullum learned that while in the ambulance Brilane had been revived with a defibrillator. Brilane suffered no heart or brain damage, however, it was a matter of minutes that kept her in the clear.


Brilane suffered an electrical misfire in her heart, it has yet to be confirmed exactly what caused this. She has undergone extensive genetic testing and doctors have ruled out everything but the disease CPVT (catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia).


If you know Brilane, you know that she lives, eats, dreams and breathes volleyball. Currently a member of the Pueblo West Cyclones, it was unclear of Brilane would ever walk into the gym as someone other than a spectator. Brilane’s fire and pure determination have brought this girl back to the court, as she was released Friday to continue pursuing her volleyball dream.


Brilane now has three lines of defense to protect her heart. First of all she is on a beta blocker, and will be forever, that will control her blood pressure. Second, while she was in the hospital in California, Brilane now has a pacemaker; and third within that pacemaker is a defibrillator. When Brilane steps on the volleyball court she will also wear a heart monitor and pace guard.


On Oct. 10 there will be a benefit roping to celebrate Brilane, as well as help with current and future medical costs they are facing. Miracles Can Happen Benefit Roping for B will be held at the Fowler Roping Club. Register at 10 a.m., rope at 11 a.m. Open handicap, buckle roping, $100 a Man Draw 3, once second handicap, 4 header progressive after 1. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction and 50% per man of the roping will go into an account for Brilane's medical costs. To preregister or for any questions, text or call Mike Ortiz (719) 469-4087 or Jerry Manchego (719) 251-4588.


Brilane and her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the love and support they have received and continue to receive daily.