On November 18, 2015, I went into cardiac arrest and suffered a heart attack while participating in a parents vs. kids soccer game with my 8 year old son. I was able to get in a whole four minutes before suffering my episode. Immediately a combination of four people started performing CPR until the local rescue squad and paramedics where on site. I had to be shocked with an AED twice to get my pulse back. From there I was air lifted to Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ and was immediately put under a hypothermic treatment which lowered my body temperature in effort to preserve brain functions. Once it was realized that my brain was fine, I was taken off this to allow my body temperature to rise and start preparing for surgery.
November 24 was the big day...6 by-passes @ 39 years old with a wife, a special needs 12 year old daughter, a 10 year old daughter, and an 8 year old son. Well, it worked. I'm in full recovery mode and was released four days after surgery. My incision is healing nicely and I'm getting better day by day. PT has started and I'm also walking an additional mile or two a day on my own.
Needless to say, this was very scary for my family as well as myself. I received lots of support and still am from family, friends, and social media. I need to make major life changes with diet and stress and am ready to go full steam ahead with them.