A diehard Notre Dame fan, Leo and his three sons enjoy going to football games. The matchup between Notre Dame and the University of Michigan is a particular favorite.
Arriving early at the Ann Arbor stadium in 2011, Leo and his sons walked around and grabbed a bite to eat. The day was perfect. A short time later, Leo felt like he had heartburn, particularly on the right side of his chest. He thought nothing of it and tried burping to ease the pain.
During the second quarter, Leo became tired and his arms started to feel heavy. He knew these were symptoms of a heart attack, but told himself, “This can’t be happening to me.” This was his last thought as he collapsed onto the seat in front of him.
Leo’s life was saved by Marvin and Jan, two bystanders who quickly began CPR. An automated external defibrillator (AED) was available in the stadium and was used on Leo within one minute. It was the perfect rescue...bystanders who knew and began CPR immediately, the availability of an AED, and the quick transfer of care to medical professionals.
Leo had never shown signs of heart disease and only had a 20% blockage in the affected artery. He wants all to realize this could easily happen to them. Don’t ignore the warning signs of a heart attack. It CAN happen to you.