David's Story

May 3, 2017

David and his wife left to have dinner with their daughter. They only made it as far as the end of the driveway. It's a miracle he's back to 100%.

cardiology patient story - David

David and his wife got in their car expecting to have dinner with their daughter. They made it as far as the end of the driveway.

That’s when David suddenly slumped over, unconscious in his seat. His wife drove him to Ascension Good Samaritan Health Care Center’s emergency department, where he received CPR in the parking lot before being rushed inside. Soon, he was being airlifted to Ascension Saint Clare’s Hospital for emergency heart surgery.

We've been married 54 years. My wife wants to get a few more out of me.

"They cooled me down while I was out,” he says, describing an advanced technique doctors used to reduce the likelihood of damage to his oxygen-deprived brain and other vital organs. “I was confused when I woke up, and everybody was concerned, but I started talking to my doctors and my family … well, I came back 100%. They called me a miracle man, to come out of it the way I did.’”

After a second operation to implant a pacemaker and steady rehab, David made a full recovery and is back to being active on his farm.