March 5, 2019

Positivity: Man Suffered Heart Attack On Wedding Anniversary, Love Saved His Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Sioux Falls, South Dakota (video at link):

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 10:11 PM CST
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 10:11 PM CST

Valentine’s Day came and went weeks ago, but two sweethearts prove the power of love can defy death. Clay and Jan Fisher celebrated their anniversary on January 25. Instead of coming home with flowers, Clay had something else to tell his wife. The whole ordeal was an attack on their future. It led to a sprint to the hospital and a race against time.

Every day, Clay gets closer to finding his rhythm again. A treadmill and a smattering of other tools are helping him.

“It’s not too tough right now, I’m only doing like 12 minutes on this,” Clay said.

The stationary exercise equipment obviously don’t take him anywhere, but the 62-year-old is miles ahead of where he was last month.

“You know, after everything, I was pretty tired,” Clay said. “It feels good to be alive.”

The avid walker put in two miles on January 25, and then had a massive heart attack on his wedding anniversary. The same bride who walked down the aisle to him decades ago was now driving her groom to the hospital.

“Went across the bridge to 229 and that’s when I said to her, ‘thanks for loving me, babe,” and I just died right there,” Clay said.

“I knew he was gone. I knew he wasn’t there,” Jan Fisher said.

Jan looked at the man who has held her hand for the last 34 years, and decided she wasn’t about to let go.

“I was screaming. I was begging God. I was. At first, I told Clay I was sorry whether he could hear me or not. I apologized for anything bad I’ve done throughout the years and I begged him not to leave me,” Jan said.

It didn’t look like they’d make it to the Avera Heart Hospital in time, so Jan pulled into the Avera Institute for Human Genetics. The medical professionals there don’t usually deal with hearts, but they didn’t miss a beat.

“Clay was in a car, so that’s kind of an unusual place to need to help someone. It was crazy. We tipped the seat back, got the head rest off and figured it out,” Julie Fieldsend, project leader for Avera Institute for Human Genetics, said.

Someone defibrillated Clay’s heart with an AED. Fieldsend, who is also a registered nurse, performed CPR.

“We wanted to save this man,” Fieldhouse said.

Clay’s heart stopped four times that day. Doctors found a 100-percent blockage in Clay’s main artery and an 80-percent blockage in another. Clay had one of the deadliest heart attacks possible: the widow maker. Seven days later, he woke up. On Thursday, he thanked the team at the Institute for Human Genetics. He gifted his lifesavers with, you guessed it, Lifesavers candies and a taste of his undying gratitude.

Fieldsend says this shows the importance of CPR and access to AED’s during sudden cardiac arrest. If you want to learn more about how to get an AED, you can visit the Avera Heart Hospital website.

As he reflects on it, Clay says he’s alive because doctors and nurses worked in rhythm with each other. And then, there’s the person who got him there: his wife Jan. …

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