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UC Doctors get special thank you from heart attack survivor

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A medical team saved his life three times and Tuesday a local man got to say thank you to that team!
It was all part of national hospital week.  The man then sat down with Medical Reporter Liz Bonis at UC Medical Center  to explain how this all happened.

He was having dinner in one of his favorite restaurants when suddenly Tom Ward lumped over the table without any warning or symptoms that he was having a heart attack.

Talk about living right.  Two physicians, part of the team at UC, just happened to be there to perform CPR.

"I think one was picking up carry out order, two great physicians kept me alive till an ambulance transported me to this wonderful hospital," said Tom Ward.

But even in transport there were challenges, "I think I had two more arrests and they were wonderful," said Ward.

This Hospital Week he got express his gratitude and so did his family members.  As you might imagine it was quite emotional.

Dr. Andy Friedrich, an Intensive Care physician, said, "To see him come back is a privilege we don't often get, it really does remind you why we do this every day."

Tuesday brought not only a special thank you, but  a reminder to all of us that there are certain things that we too can know that might also help save a life.

"If he hadn't had knowledgeable people, skilled people  to do that in the restaurant, he never would have survived to get to the hospital.  And I think it's really important that everybody knows how to do that," said Dr. Friedrich.
That is CPR and knowing it can give someone you love the ability to stand and thank a team that clearly says thank you back.  If you'd like to learn CPR at no charge from the American Heart Association CLICK HERE for more information.

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