Football Superfan Gets Second Chance at Life after Heart Attack

Football Superfan Gets Second Chance at Life after Heart Attack


(cheering) – [Announcer] Kansas City, are you ready to go back to the Super Bowl? – Thirty years ago, ten guys all pitched in
$500, and bought a bus. I love to cook and I love
football and I love people. Man, how are you doing? Clark Hunt right here. Being on the Arrowhead turf per se, it’s just, you know, home sweet home. Lenny Dawson, Jim, Jim Jacks. – Well, as long as I can remember he’s been a very avid Chiefs fan. – And I need to get Andy Reid on the bus. How you doing? – [Blonde Lady] Good how are you? – [Dan] Wonderful. – Dan makes friends everywhere he goes. – What’s up Tim? – How are you man? – Wonderful man. – Thank you for letting us hang. – Man, I mean, 30 years, right? I’ve been coming out here. And it wasn’t until last year, that I missed my first game in 29 years. (dramatic music) (sniffle) – My dad is my best friend, and so, literally I was living my nightmare. – Oh I talk to him every day. – [Interviewer] What did you tell him? (dramatic music) – That I wanted to see his blue eyes. (laughter) That I’d do anything
just to have him back, just for a week or a day or, you know you’re in a
position like that you just, you sell your soul just
to have a moment again. That’s what it felt like. Sorry. (dramatic music) We were at Fox 4, for their Red Friday. He was up so early, I think he was up at
4:30 or 5 in the morning. And we left around 7, and
he was snapping his fingers, listening to the music and
just bouncing as he’s driving. Once they finished filming
everyone in front of our bus, you can see him walking in the bus and he literally just
slumped over to the window. We were sitting at the table,
and that’s when I screamed. – I was just standing
there talking to somebody, and then all of the sudden, I heard his wife scream,
“Does anyone know CPR?” – Everything just happened
really fast after that. They got me off the bus, they started CPR. – So there was a group of
us on the bus who did CPR, and we just kept that rotation going
until paramedics arrived. – In those first few hours, it was nothing like I had
ever experienced before. – The ambulance got there really fast. And then he was gone. – So I got to the hospital, probably half an hour to an
hour after my dad arrived. And, when we got there, we
were in the emergency room and we’d received periodic updates. None of them, which were
progressing at that point, yet. – He literally had 3% chance of survival. It was the widow maker. – You know, any sicker and
he wouldn’t of made it. Cleared the blockages, put stints in, and he had normal blood flow in his heart. But it wasn’t quite
enough to get him there, and he kept going in and out
of an abnormal heart rhythm, called Ventricular Tachycardia. So, we had to put him
on ECMO after all that. – The echo machine was
the last ditch effort, it was like, I was on a last ditch effort. – [Teri] But, the first
24 hours was the biggest, because they said if he makes
it through the first 24 hours, he’s got a little bit of a better chance. – All three of my girls
were there at my bedside, my wife, my sister, my mom. – The people at Saint Luke’s, even with the 3-5% chance
that my dad was given, they, they took that as a challenge. – We were lucky that we had the best. – I don’t know of any other
hospital that could of done what they achieved to do. – You know that first day, there were probably 50 people, who were, intensely involved in his care. And our mission is, to take
care of the sickest of the sick. Our goals are to have the one extra notch, you know, that one extra
level of therapy to offer. – Dan, was in rehab every day
once they moved him upstairs. – I did all the therapies in the morning, you know, kinda resisting
that a little bit. I didn’t sleep very good the
night before so I was tired, cranky, you know, all of the above. – It’s an intensive process because, physically there’s a
lot of work to be done. But it’s also an emotional
time, where things are changing, both cognitively and physically,
and Dan continued to work extremely hard through all of that. – I said, “No, you’ve
gotta to physical therapy.” – I’m like, “No, I’m not going.” And, five minutes later
of course I’m down there in the physical rehab. Three cheerleaders walk
in with the photographer, from the Chiefs, along with a
beautiful photo of my daughter and her boyfriend at the game. Holding this sign that
says #DANSTRONG on it. And he had the Chiefs players sign it and bring it to me at the hospital. Wow. – And there was Dan with the
biggest smile on his face, and he was really excited. – All the patients in the room, you know, working out
just a little bit harder. Arms were moving a little bit faster, legs were moving, turning and
burning a little bit quicker. And he goes like, “Okay,
I see what we need, okay.” – And going from the
worst news imaginable to, you know, ultimately getting
home and able to do things like, drive the bus and go to Chiefs games and spend time with his family. It’s just been an incredible journey getting to share that
with ’em in a small way. – He came home, October 17th, and went to his first game November 10th. – I appreciate every moment
that I have with my dad a lot more now. Seeing him go back to Arrowhead stadium, the first time last year definitely made my heart
explode with happiness. I mean, that’s what he has loved to do for the past 30 years. – What an experience it is
to, to have a second chance. – [Brianna] I mean, what
do you do for someone that saves lives but, say thank you, so. – [Dan] I am so lucky to
receive the care that I did, that I received from Saint Luke’s. The gratitude I have for
all the doctors and nurses, and cleaning people and
everybody at Saint Luke’s it’s just unbelievable. I personally love them, and
would love to give back to them. (uplifting music) – Now wait a minute, does Saint Luke’s have
a hospital in Miami? (laughter)