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I’m thankful to be alive everyday.
“I was doing the dishes before dinner on a late January evening last year. I had suffered a heart attack the previous November and was recovering from double-bypass surgery. I had just returned to work as a salesman at a plastics company, and I was talking with my stepson Tyler about my day, when I felt dizzy and collapsed. My son caught me and lowered me to the ground. Then he called 911 and, while on the phone, he started CPR, with some coaching from the dispatcher.
Paramedics took me to the Emergency Department at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, where Randy Speck, M.D. was waiting. Dr. Speck, along with Tina Gearhart, R.N., worked to stabilize me and then moved me to the ICU. I’ve been told that I coded numerous times over the next 48 hours. In order to stabilize me, the doctors used an experimental therapy.
The doctors and nurses would meet often with my family to inform them of my progress, and what was going to happen, step by step, so they understood.
I don’t recall any of what happened to me. But I do remember the care I received at St. Anthony’s after I awoke, and the great turkey sandwiches they served!
Doctors say I’m lucky not only to be alive, but to have survived with no major brain damage. I’m thankful to be alive everyday.”
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