Feb. 24, 2013 11:35 PM
A year ago, Everett Beebe’s heart stopped while he was driving home from dinner in Jefferson.
His wife, Bert, was in the car, and she and a passer-by started CPR until authorities loaded him into an ambulance and shocked his heart to get it beating again.
He was taken to the Jefferson hospital, but its doctors couldn’t clear blockages in his heart.
Jen Randall, flight nurse with Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy One helicopter crew, had just started her new job as a flight nurse in January 2012. Beebe was one of her first patients, on a 15-minute flight to the Des Moines hospital.
On Sunday, exactly a year later, Beebe, his wife and nine other relatives drove 70 minutes to Des Moines to meet Randall and some of the other people who saved him.
“I have a different outlook on life now,” said Beebe, 57. “It’s not such a big deal to go to work every day. It’s getting up every morning that’s a bigger deal.”
After the helicopter touched down at Mercy last February, Beebe was quickly taken to the catheterization lab to have three stents put into his heart. One of his arteries was 99 percent blocked, Beebe’s son Brad said. He had two more stents put in during a follow-up visit.
“It’s a first time for me, see, because I don’t remember any of it,” Beebe said. “Now that I’m here, it’s a bigger deal than I thought. I don’t remember the week before (the cardiac arrest).”
Today, Beebe has mostly recovered, especially considering the severity of his heart problem. …
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