Fred Elliott is a golf teaching pro. In fact, golf has been his life since childhood. But at Hidden Valley Country Club, back in May, he died while doing it. "It was the first round and I was playing the youngest player in the tournament, Greg, and apparently I have no remembrance of the day, but we got to the 12th hole and down I went on the 12th hole."
It was there that Fred's heart stopping pumping. Doctors call it sudden cardiac death. To his golfing buddies that day, it was controlled panic. Two of his partners started doing CPR and fortunately for Fred, there was an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at hole 12. Dr. Devang Desai says the AED is likely what saved Fred's life. "When they brought him in he wasn't in very good shape. His pressures were low and he was going into shock. So we brought him to the cath lab and he had a 100% blockage of a right coronary artery."
Dr. Desai put in two stents to open Fred's artery and got his heart beating regularly again. But none of this would have mattered without the AED shocks he got at the golf course. "He shocked out of it and then went back in and had to be shocked again so I have no doubt that it saved his life."
Fred is back out at Hidden Valley, doing what he loves to do. Teach golf. But with a better appreciation of how precious life is. "Every day is a good one. Every day's on the right side of the divots. Every day's a good one."Written By Wendy Damonte