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Aurora man honored for making miraculous recovery

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 9:38 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - CHI Health St. Francis caretakers held a Heart Recovery Reunion Tuesday to honor a local heart attack survivor. Richard Hock, 53, from Aurora, Nebraska, was what doctors were calling a miracle.

Hock was out doing some wedding shopping with his daughter when he all of a sudden collapsed in the middle of the store. Paramedics were called to the scene and performed CPR on Hock. The man was rushed him to the hospital, when he said his heart had stopped beating four times.

It was at CHI Health St. Francis where it was discovered that Hock was in cardiogenic shock from 100% blockage in one of his arteries. After cardiologists removed the blockage, gave him a pump to keep his heart going and with a few days of rest and recovery Hock was able to return home.

Doctor Erich Fruehling, intervention cardiologist, helped in recovering Hock and said the doctors were pessimistic when Hock first arrived, but were determined to get him back on his feet once again.

“When we heard the story that he was out shopping for new clothing for his daughter’s wedding ... that, that just kind of galvanized everybody’s resolve that, even if we couldn’t save him we’d give him the best chance possible,” Fruehing said.

Fruehling added, the overall mortality rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest along with a heart attack is 90% or greater.

Tuesday, during the honorary event at CHI Health Saint Francis, Hock, his family members as well as the caretakers and doctors involved in the revival procedures, shared stories and tears while reminiscing on those life-changing moments.

“I’m very thankful to be alive and that I’m gracious that people out here really care about people,” Hock said.

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