Thursday, April 26, 2012
A Winfield man has a shocking story to tell, literally, after a new device helped save his life.
William McCray, 52, died a couple of weeks ago. But he wore a LifeVest, an external defibrillator, that shocked him back to life.
“To be as small as it is, it literally lifted me off the bed,” McCray said. “It brought me back.”
Mccray and his wife were getting ready for bed when the LifeVest detected a problem. The alarm sounded, it shocked Mccray and then his heart stopped. The device shocked his heart again.
“Come to find out that external defibrillator bought me some time,” McCray said. “Because if I hadn't had that, it would have been too late.”
Dr. Roger Roberts, a cardiologist, has prescribed the LifeVest to patients who have heart problems but may not be ready for an internal pacemaker. He said the device monitors the patient's heart and if it detects a life-threatening rhythm, it sends a shock to restore normal heartbeat.
“It can happen without anyone around them,” Dr. Roberts said. “They need a bystander.”
Patients said the LifeVest is lightweight and easy to wear. The device also gives families peace of mind, knowing they are protected just in case.