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Doreen Devlin almost lost her father on the day before Thanksgiving. While waiting for a life-saving heart surgery Don Devlin went into cardiac arrest at home.

"He was doing fine right before that, and then his eyes rolled and he dropped and he coded. That was it."

Fortunately the 70-year-old Korean war veteran was wearing a device called lifevest - the vest has sensors that can detect when a patient's heart is going to fail.

"So it automatically detects dangerous heart rhythms and delivers a shock through the jacket for patients who need it," says Dr. Eric Rashba.

"I felt kind of funny or something and next thing I knew, I was in the hospital," says Don.

Two shocks kept Devlin alive. "That was my Christmas present."

Devlin underwent surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York several weeks ago and now has a permanent defibrillator in his chest.

100,000 patients have used the vest, and it made it possible for Devlin to celebrate this Christmas with his ten grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

"Glad to have you back. Glad to have you back with us."

"Me too daughter. (gives her a kiss.) Love ya …"

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