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David C.

In June, 2001, I was an active, exercising 45 year old practicing attorney. I had run several marathons and multiple 5, 10 and 13 mile races. On June 25, 2001, I had just finished a 5 mile walk with my wife when my young son challenged me to about a two block sprint. At the end of the run I felt strangely lightheaded. I went home and felt very uncomfortable for several hours before going to the local ER. After several hours of waiting I was told (after an ECG) that I was having a heart attack. It was all so surreal as the medical personnel began giving me clot busters, morphine, etc. Eventually, after several more hours, I was helicoptered about 70 miles to a big city hospital where they performed a quadruple bypass on me the next day. My recuperation went great...until 9/11...THE 9/11 when I watched from the ER as the second plane went into the World Trade Center building as I was being told by a resident that I was having another heart attack. Actually, it was a post operative infection known as Dresslers Syndrome. Since that time and until now my recovery has been fantastic. I walk with my wife almost every day and eat a good diet. My son became an elite high school runner and earned a college scholarship. He is currently planning to train for the Berlin marathon and I’ll be there to cheer him on.

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