We Are Family
By Dana Pappas
Life changed forever for my family on Saturday, April 28, 2012. I received a phone call from my mom that my dad was having a heart attack and was being rushed to the hospital. I was with my best friend at the time for planned a girls’ day together. She told me to get in the car and drove me to the hospital. We arrived just in time for my dad to introduce us to the doctor and to see him flatline.
I collapsed in the hall into a pile of fear, sadness, confusion and pain. I couldn’t hear anything, but could see my mom crying, my sister’s mouth moving and the image burned into my head of the flatline. I kept saying, “Please help him, please help him” - perhaps to the doctor, perhaps to God, perhaps to anyone who would listen. All of the sudden, my sister said, “He’s talking. He’s okay.” The doctor had brought him back to life. They whisked my dad away to the cath lab and we waited for hours in the waiting room, surrounded by cousins, aunts and friends.