Cardiac arrest at Masters Golf tournament April 6th, 2018

My heart picked a place to show itself of all places at the Masters Golf tournament on April 6th, 2018 at holes 10, 11 and 12 what is called AMEN’S CORNER. I went down with cardiac arrest, GOD had chosen the best landscaped part of the world to end my life but also had the most qualified personnel in place to bring me back to life. God had placed a Gastroenterologist no more than 2 to 3 feet away from me when I went into cardiac arrest. The doctor immediately performed compressions on my chest to keep blood circulating throughout my body especially the brain and other vital organs. A crash cart was sent to the scene with 2 other medical personnel to help me get on the cart and take me to the medical/trauma tent set up for emergencies. The gastroenterologist rode on the cart doing compressions while the other EMT’S worked on ambi bag and drove me to the emergency tent. The AED was used to get my heart function going again, the time that had elapsed from cardiac arrest til getting a heartbeat functioning was anywhere from 20-25 minutes. They call me the 1 percenter. I was put into an ambulance and sent to Augusta Health University hospital in Augusta, GA. I was rushed to the cath. Lab where they implanted 2 stents that enabled me to get further treatment in the cardiac critical care unit. They administered treatment by inducing me into a medical coma, hypothermia protocol, balloon pump and breathing tube to allow my heart, brain and lungs to recover. In the meantime I had a partial which had 3 teeth on it, when I went down during the seizure I inhaled my partial into my right lung. The doctors were able to retrieve the partial but the protocol for pneumonia was elevated due to all the trauma my body was experiencing. It wasn’t until 6 days later that I awoke from the coma. At this time the doctors were unaware of brain activity, physical damage and overall performance of the heart. This is when the real comeback begins. A week later was sent back to cath. Lab for another procedure but the doctor could not perform the procedure due to the torcherous artery configuration he was afraid the he might rupture the artery. The doctor backed out and said he would need different equipment and surgical team on stand by if rupture would occur. We went back to the drawing board. The next procedure would be scheduled on 6-13-2018. Since my cardiac arrest I’ve had a total of 5 stents, an ablation, and pacemaker put in on 11-26-2018. My heart function is at 60 to 65 percent outflow. Still recovering from pacemaker getting use to being the rebuilt man for the future.


5 Comments

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by IAN MC - 2018-11-28 12:19:49

Hope you didn't make any of them miss their putts

Ian

Back at ya

by Cardiac kid - 2018-11-28 14:26:37

No, but I told them to get their driver and get me to the hospital.

Glad you didn't fall into Rae's Creek!

by LondonAndy - 2018-11-28 16:22:05

I see that Amen Corner is famous for drama, but I bet that was a first!  Glad that you were in a place that was so well equipped, and are recovering from such a traumatic event.

It is great to see so many defibrillators in public places now.  Reading your story has reminded me to make a donation to a defibrillator charity here in the UK.

Appreciation

by Cardiac kid - 2018-12-03 23:51:19

I appreciate your generosity for the future cardiac victims. The Masters golf tournament is on a lot of older spectators bucket list. I’m only 53 at the time of arrest but I was told their are 3-4 heart emergencies every year at the Masters. If my story can place a AED at any venue then my story may save another life. Thanks again London Andy.

Wow

by ChristopherTodd - 2019-02-12 20:34:40

It certainly was not your time. God bless you man.

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