Tim Shares His Heart Attack Survival Story With Hopes That It Will Inspire Others

Tim Shares His Heart Attack Survival Story With Hopes That It Will Inspire Others

My wife, her brother, her brother’s girlfriend, and I were staying in a hotel in Daytona, planning on doing some sightseeing. I awoke Saturday morning with what I thought was severe acid reflux. I took my medication and drank some water, and after pacing back and forth, I began to have a feeling of dread that this wasn’t acid reflux.

I then started to sweat and my nose started running and pain started going down my arms. I woke my wife and told her, “I need you to call 911, I’m in trouble and I feel like I’m having a heart attack.”

The ambulance was there within 10 minutes. The paramedic immediately did an EKG and gave me medication. They put me in the ambulance and next thing I remember, he was asking if I was still with him. I thought that was odd, and said, "Of course." He said, "Well we just had to shock you back to life.”

We then arrived at the hospital, and I remember them saying how cold I was and that I looked gray. After that, they finally got me somewhat stable and brought my wife in to tell her she might want to say goodbye because I was in such bad shape.

I remember begging God to save me; I had my first two grandbabies due within the following month. My wife and I were told I had been shocked 12 times in all and received 2 sets of compressions. I was so grateful they never gave up on me!

I was able to see, at least through FaceTime and Skype, my beautiful baby granddaughter and my cute as a button grandson. I am 56 years old. I thought I was in good shape. I work at a physically demanding job and was out-working guys half my age. I fooled myself into thinking I was immune from my family history! My mom died of a massive heart attack at age 58, and my brother of a heart attack at age 52, but I rationalized that they were both overweight and had high blood pressure and I did not.

In the end it did not matter! Don’t fool yourself! If you have even borderline bad cholesterol, and a family history of heart disease, get checked out! I suffered a "Widow‐maker" heart attack and by the grace of God, and an amazing team of paramedics, nurses, and doctors, I’m a survivor! I believe I am still here to share my testimony and help others survive.

Get checked, follow your doctor’s orders, get your diet right, and above all be humble and realize that none of us are invincible! Love, Tim

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