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Elderly Man Suffered a Heart Attack on the Same Day His Great-Great Grandson Is Born

Comfort Omovre
Jun 23, 2019
08:06 A.M.
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A family experienced two miracles as an early man who suffered a heart attack the same day his great-great-grandson was born, made a fantastic recovery.

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May 30, started as a typical day for the family of 85-year-old David Spaulding; the older man was in the company of his wife of 64 years, Dorothy, and his daughter, Sue Snavley, when he heard that he was about to become a great-great-grandfather.

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Excited about the news, the family sat in their living room chatting happily, when suddenly, David felt a huge pain in his chest. According to him, the pain started two years earlier, but he ignored it.

Dorothy recalled that her husband went from excited to deadly pale in a matter of seconds, and they quickly called 911. The paramedics took the patriarch to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, which coincidentally, was the same one where his great-grandson, Zach Fandrich and his pregnant fiancée, Kristen Latin were.

David thought he was going to die, and his doctor, Richard McNamara, shared the same sentiment. According to McNamara, the great-great-grandfather's coronary artery got clogged, and they had to put in five stents to open it up, after which the older man felt better.

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However, while he was fighting for his life, his great-great-grandson, Grayson came into the world, and when Fandrich found out about what happened to his great-grandfather, he felt joyful and anxious at the same time.

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The new father later spoke with David and felt better knowing he was out of the woods. The new baby and the man who lived through a heart attack didn’t get to meet each other until two days after, and the Spauldings' celebrated the miracle of new birth and a preserved life.

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They described it to Today Parents as a heartwarming, beautiful, and magical gift, which they are grateful for. Heart attack and heart-related diseases are one of the primary causes of death in the United States; women over 55 years and men over 45 years are more prone to it.

In women, diabetes plays a significant role in how heart disease affects them, but there are ways to manage one’s health to prevent heart attacks.

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Living a healthy life is vital in extending life expectancy, and this includes eating right, exercising, reducing stress and alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting enough sleep, among others. 

David and baby Grayson are both back to their respective homes and doing excellently. 

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