Last night, prior to the start of the Ranger game they had a short ceremony celebrating 3 recent CPR saves and to recognize those who directly contributed to their survival. Most importantly (at least to us), my amazing mom was recognized for providing my dad immediate chest only resuscitation until the paramedics arrived. We also got to meet the 9-1-1 call taker that stayed on the phone with her until help arrived, as well as the first responders that worked on my dad until they arrived at the ER. It was pretty emotional because really, how can you ever thank someone enough for saving your life??
|Dad talking with one of his first responders|
|Paramedic in charge and the 9-1-1 call taker|
|My parents and the first responders|
|Mom, Dad and Zach|
|This was as close as I got to the field....once the ceremony actually started, I only got a view of their backs....BOO!|
|Mom and her Life Saving Award|
|Close up of the award|
Without going into a lot of detail....we came VERY close to losing my dad. Thank God that my mom was still at home (she was on her way out the door) when he collapsed and that she is a champ under pressure! It was touch and go for more than an hour. This happened on a Saturday, he was out of ICU by Monday and was home on Thursday. His cardiologist said that his recovery was nothing short of miraculous and he quickly became known as "Wonder Boy" around the hospital. The doctor from the ER came up to his room on Sunday night at the end of his shift because he said that he had to see with his own eyes that my dad had made it.
For those of you that were praying for him as well as the rest of us...thank you from the bottom of my heart. There are no words to describe the gratitude that I feel. The power of prayer is truly amazing and we felt beyond blessed! This goes without saying, but every time you see a loved one make sure that they know how you feel and yes, it is OK to hug just a little tighter....I know that I do!