Marian's story

"One Sunday morning a few summers ago, I was very lucky. My best friend Diana and I were out for a 10-mile run. Suddenly, I didn't feel well and passed out.

Now here's where my luck kicked in. Diana is a registered nurse. She felt for my pulse, but couldn't find one."

"Within 30 seconds, she began CPR and yelled for someone to call 911. The paramedics got to me in four minutes, then rushed me to St. Michael's."

"For the next 24 hours, I received highly advanced cardiac care at St. Mike's. I was put into a "deep freeze" so my heart could slow down and not exert itself. I had an immediate angioplasty, and a stent was implanted in an artery that was 70 per cent blocked.

I don't know anywhere in the world that could have topped the care I received. I'm grateful to be alive. I'm healthy again without any heart damage. I owe it all to this wonderful hospital."

“Thankfully, I came out of it fine. I defied the odds. I don't attribute that to luck, but rather to the staff at St. Mike's. I had pulled off a miracle with their help, and they were as happy as I was about the outcome.”

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