Man whose heart stopped 5 times reunites with medical staff who saved his life

Man whose heart stopped 5 times reunites with medical staff who saved his life
Heart patient meets lifesavers. (Source: WOIO)
Heart patient meets lifesavers. (Source: WOIO)
Heart patient meets lifesavers. (Source: WOIO)
Heart patient meets lifesavers. (Source: WOIO)
University Hospitals (Source: WOIO)
University Hospitals (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Bob Shea says from deep down in his heart he's lucky to be alive.

"I feel good that I'm able to be here," he said.

The 62-year-old admittedly doesn't remember much about the day his heart stopped five times, but his wife does -- she's the one who made the call and got him some help.

"Oh my gosh, to this day, it still scares me, I never want to face that again," said Susan Shea.

Last Halloween, Bob suffered a massive heart attack. The medical staff at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center said when he came in that day, they too thought he was dead.

"We brought him to the table, brought him into the room. Incubated him, you know I thought we were working, not to sound harsh but someone that was not gonna make it," said one nurse.

But he did, thanks to all of these lifesavers. He said he doesn't know how he can ever repay them.

Bob also had help from a device known as the Impella heart pump. It kept his heart going for two days until he recovered.

It's the first time doctors used the pump here at UH Parma, but it's saved more than 37,000 lives all over the country.

Bob and his family said they're grateful that he's one of those lives.

"Believe me, I'm doing real well and hope to have a lot more years in me, so thanks everybody," he said.

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