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A message from Harold Griffie …..
Early on the morning of November 13, 2013, I suffered a heart attack in the Emergency Room of the Gettysburg Hospital after being taken there by the Biglerville Ambulance Crew. While waiting for the helicopter to arrive to transport me to York Hospital for a catheterization, I went into cardiac arrest twice and was revived after 30 minutes. All the while, the ambulance crew, ER personnel and helicopter Medical Crew took turns applying CPR. During the trip to York Hospital, I arrested two more times and was revived each time. At the York Hospital, Dr. Tolerico and his staff placed two stents, one in the Right Coronary Artery and one in the Left Anterior Descending Artery. I was then placed on the hypothermia protocol and admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit where I remained for nine days. During this time I developed pneumonia which was successfully treated. I finally returned home on December 21. I completed Cardiac Rehabilitation in late March and continue a regular exercise program as I return to my normal life.
While I was doing cardiac rehab at Gettysburg Hospital, several people referred to me as the “miracle man.” While I understood their intentions, I do not believe the name to be accurate. The true “miracle men” in my situation were Dr. Duffendach, Dr. Stoner and all the emergency personnel who were present in the ER that night along with Dr. Tolerico and his team at the York Hospital. Much of what they did that night was a direct result of organizations like the American Heart Association who have provided funding for the development of these medical advancements and I am thankful to them for helping to save my life. I ask you to participate with me in the 2014 Adams County Heart & Stroke Walk to increase funding to help the American Heart Association carry out its mission.
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!