Dr. Willie Lawrence treats young heart attack survivor

Dr. Willie Lawrence treats young heart attack survivor


– We begin today with a
story of a busy family in the middle of the
hectic holiday season: a mom, dad, and four boys
throwing a Christmas party at their home for more
than three dozen people. – So Dad wasn’t feeling well, he thought maybe he had the flu. Not even close. 42-year-old David Govro
was having a heart attack. He and his wife Kourtney
share their story. (heartbeat) – I wasn’t feeling well and thought, if I can just find a way to
kind of get through this, through the event, later
on, I’ll go to the doctor. – After everybody left, he said, “I wanna go to Urgent Care,” and just something inside me said, “We better go to the doctor really quick. We need to go.” – Started out with just
shortness of breath, and as time went on, it turned
into arm pain and chest pain and by the time we got
to the emergency room, I knew it was serious, so it was a good decision to go there. So, we got into the emergency room, and, of course, you walk
into the emergency room and say, “Hey, I have chest
pains and shortness of breath, and I’m not feeling well.” They start moving pretty fast. – He didn’t say it, but I let
him out at the door at the ER. I said, “Just go on in,
I’m going to park the car,” and by the time I got in
there, there were people moving and I’m standing there holding
the hand of a 6-year-old, thinking, “Oh my gosh, something’s wrong.” I’m texting friends, “Can
someone come get Noah?” Then they said the word, heart attack, and I’m like, “No, he has pneumonia. That’s not a heart attack.” – They got me back into the room, and started putting the
connectors and things, wiring me up, so to speak, and I guess that’s when I
actually had the heart attack. – My friends said they got
the text message from me, and it said, “OM! Heart attack! Help me!” – The team at Belton
Regional Medical Center sent David by ambulance
to Research Medical Center for a life-saving procedure. – And that’s where he was met by interventional cardiologist
Dr. Willie Lawrence and his team. (heartbeat) – In a normal encounter in an office, you’re trying to meet the patient, you’re trying to make
them feel comfortable, and you want to bond with them. And when you meet someone
in the emergency room in the middle of a heart attack, especially with their
family, you’re pushing, because you know that the sooner
you open up a blood vessel, the less damage that’s done to the heart. So it’s important that you move quickly. You want to try and get consent just trying to go through
the procedure of things that are going to allow you to potentially either save a person’s life or prevent further damage
from happening to their heart. So, it all happens very quickly. Our goal, and when someone
presents with a heart attack, is to open up that blood vessel within 90 minutes of the
time that they present, and that’s even more of a challenge when they present to a
hospital that’s different than the hospital that you work. And in this situation, he
presented to Belton Hospital, and what I’m proud of is
being part of a system that can accommodate that. And the things that they
did at Belton Hospital made, quite frankly, the
things that we had to do, in retrospect, a whole lot easier. We got to the cardiac cath lab that vessel was already open. It had a very tight blockage in it, but they had begun treatment that led to that vessel having a
restoration of blood flow. And that as much as what we did, prevented any significant
damage from occurring to his heart. So the most important
thing is having the system in place that allows you to do your job well in those 10 to 15 minutes that it takes to open up a blood vessel, restore blood flow and potentially save someone’s life. But if you don’t do all
those things leading up to that procedure, then either the patient’s a lot sicker when they get here, a lot of damage has already occurred. So we’re proud of the
fact that we think we have a system of care that allows us to get the kind of result that we got here. And then when that happens,
it’s very rewarding. – I think both of us have felt very humble after talking to Dr
Lawrence because you know everything’s done, we’re in the ICU and Kourtney actually went out in the hall and gave him a hug and said
“how do you say thank you?” And his response was
“it was done way before it got to me. Everything went smoothly because they had done
what they needed to.” And so, how do you say thank you to all of that whole team at that point? – Yeah, looking back, David said he could see the signs, shortness
of breath, swollen ankles, he just didn’t think that a heart attack could actually happen to him. – And that’s not the end of David’s story. It’s really a new beginning
for his entire family. (heartbeat) – Well, since we got out of the hospital obviously we’ve gotten some medication and we’re going through cardio rehab here at the hospital as well and they’re fantastic. So we go and they talk
to us about education for dietary things as well as exercise and kind of guide you through the process. – The thing that helps is when you have a partner who helps you, okay? When you not only make a change, but the whole family pitches
in and makes a change, when you create a blog like you’re doing. And you give testimony to this process. It’s hard for people to share these types of personal things. But when you do that, then you’re gonna help someone never end up in the cardiac cath lab in
the middle of the night. – And we’re crazy busy people. We have 4 boys, we have busy work lives, busy we’re always going somewhere, we do a lot at our church. You know we just need to slow down and take a breath and be thankful for where we’re at and what we have. And this just kind of
amplifies your thankfulness when you go through it, too. – It was kind of hard to
believe like I’m okay, this shouldn’t be happening to me. I’m not old enough to
have this be going on. I mean I’m 42 so this was kind of shocking at first, but then it was like, oh now life’s different. Now I have to live life a little bit differently than before as far as eating habits
and things like that to really pay attention. – No more squeezy cheese. (laughs)

1 Comment

  1. I am so very proud of the team at Belton Regional Medical Center.  And the teamwork we have with Belton EMS and Research Medical Center."Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life."Todd Krass, CEOBelton Regional Medical Center

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