On Dec. 29, I was visiting my son and granddaughter in Amissville, where, out of the blue, I experienced significant chest pain. My son, Ben, called 911 and the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue team promptly responded and immediately began to treat my symptoms. I don’t know how many volunteers comprised the team. I do know that everyone worked at an urgent pace with patience, kindness and professionalism. I felt that I was in capable and caring hands. It was suggested I was experiencing a cardiac event. I remained calm (I believe!) because the Amissville team remained calm.
I was quickly airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville where treatment continued. A stent was implanted in a 100 percent blocked coronary artery. I was discharged from the hospital on Jan. 1, with no restrictions. Of course, cardiac rehab and lifestyle changes are my future. However, without the treatment that began with the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue team, I may not have had a future at all.
Thank you from my “heart”!