Tom Brannigan

Save Date: December 17, 2007
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

I was at home in the evening after a day of work as a Real Estate Agent. It was a Sunday evening, I collasped in the kitchen, my wife called 911 and they advised her on how to perform CPR while the EMTs were in route to my home. Upon arrival, they used a defibrillator at least twice, possibly 3 times to get my heart beat back.

They transported me to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland where I was treated by the emergency staff. The cardiologist on call was with the Associates in Cardiology and he treated me with a hypothermia procedure that was a relatively new procedure. I was very lucky because everything I needed to happen happened.

My wife didn't panic and performed initial CPR, the EMTs arrived very quickly and obviously were well trained, the emergency staff and cardiologist did their jobs extremely well and the hypothermia procedure helped prevent brain damage. Many people were instrumental in saving my life and I couldn't possibly thank them enough. I spent 8 days in a coma in the ICU and woke on Christmas Eve.

I received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) on 12/28/07 and was released on New Year's Eve. I have very little memory of that day and no memory of the next 8 days, but I survived with no brain damage and today I'm doing very well.

My family has a history of heart disease, but I had no previous indication of problems. Since, my doctors tell me that there are signs of a previous heart attack that I was never aware of (a silent heart attack). I had no idea and never expected what happened. I am thankful that I lived in an area where well trained emergency services are available and I had access to fabulous doctors and hospital services.