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Meredith Parker: Surviving A Massive Heart Attack

Mother to a newborn, Meredith had a massive heart attack while at home one night. Friends and family turned to God for a miracle, her only hope. Read Transcript


Reporter: IN THE SUMMER

OF 2008, JONATHAN AND

MEREDITH PARKER HAD A BIG

REASON TO CELEBRATE.

OLIVIA WAS BORN ON

JUNE 24th, 2008.

BUT ON JULY 2nd, JUST

EIGHT DAYS AFTER OLIVIA'S

BIRTH, TRAGEDY HIT THE

PARKER HOME.

WELL, THE EVENING WAS

LIKE NORMAL.

WE PUT THE BABY TO BED.

AND IT WAS ABOUT 11:30 THAT

EVENING AND WE WENT AND LAID

DOWN, AND WITHIN A MATTER OF

A FEW MINUTES, THE BABY

STARTED CRYING.

SO WE GOT UP TO GO CHECK ON

THE BABY.

AND WHEN WE DID, MEREDITH

CAME BEHIND ME AND SAID THAT

HER PULSE WAS RACING.

SHE IMMEDIATELY TENSED UP.

I THOUGHT SHE WAS HAVING A

SEIZURE.

HER EYES ROLLED BACK.

HE FELL BACK ON THE BED AND

BEGAN GASPING FOR AIR.

FOR JUST A FEW SHORT

MOMENTS, AND THEN SHE

STOPPED BREATHING ALL

TOGETHER AND BEGAN TURNING

PURPLE.

Reporter: JONATHAN, A

TRAINED POLICE OFFICER,

IMMEDIATELY BEGAN C.P.R. AND

CALLED 9-1-1.

9-1-1, WHAT'S THE

EMERGENCY?

MY WIFE HAD A BABY LAST

WEEK, AND SHE'S SEIZURING.

I NEED AN AMBULANCE.

Reporter: EIGHT MINUTES

LATER, THE PARAMEDICS

ARRIVED.

WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE

PARKER HOME, WE FOUND

MEREDITH ON THE FLOOR IN HER

BEDROOM.

SHE HAD NO PULSE, NO

RESPIRATIONS.

WE PLACED AN ADVANCED

AIRWAYS, AND STARTED

I.V.s, AND WE HAD GIVEN

HER MEDICATION.

WE HAD DEFIB BELATED HER

HEART MULTIPLE TIMES, THREE

TO FOUR TIMES, WITHOUT

SUCCESS OF RETURNING A

PULSE.

AND THE FIRST DEFIBRILLATION

WAS IN SIX TO EIGHT

MINUTES.

SHE WAS IN LESS THAN A 10%

CHANCE THAT HER HEART WOULD

START.

ONE OF THE THOUGHTS THAT

I HAD WHEN I LOOKED DOWN AT

HER, WAS THE THOUGHT THAT

CAME TO MY MIND, YOU CAN SIT

THERE AND DO NOTHING AND

WATCH HER DIE, OR YOU CAN DO

SOMETHING RIGHT NOW.

SO I WENT, AND AS THE

PARAMEDICS ARE WORKING, AND

THEY'RE DEFIBRILLATING,

SHOCKING HER, I ANOINTED HER

WITH OIL AND I PRAYED.

I FELT THE LORD LEADING ME

TO GO GET THE BIBLE.

SO I WENT AND GOT MY BIBLE,

AND I LAID MY BIBLE AT HER

FEET.

I PRAYED, LORD, YOUR WORD IS

LIFE, I NEED A MIRACLE.

BUT I JUST BELIEVE THAT THE

GOD OF THE BIBLE, AND THE

GOD WHO SHED HIS BLOOD ON

THE CROSS FOR ME, WAS GOING

TO BRING LIFE INTO THIS

SITUATION.

AS SOON AS THERE WAS

CONTACT BETWEEN THE BIBLE

AND HER FEET, SHE HAD A

SPONTANEOUS RETURN OF A

PULSE AND RESPIRATIONS.

SHE'S GOT A PULSE.

THIS WAS NOT DUE TO ANY

MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE WE

WERE ONLY DOING C.P.R. AT

THAT POINT.

AND THOSE THAT WERE THERE

THAT NIGHT BELIEVE IT WAS A

MIRACLE.

MEREDITH WAS AIRLIFTED TO

THE NEAREST TRAUMA

HOSPITAL.

DOCTORS DETERMINED EVEN

THOUGH SHE DIDN'T HAVE A

HISTORY OF HEART PROBLEMS,

MEREDITH HAD SUFFERED A

MASSIVE HEART ATTACK.

THE DOCTOR SAID, WE PUT

IN A STINT, AND WE'VE GOTTEN

THE BLOOD-FLOW OPENED UP,

BUT THE PERIOD OF TIME SHE

WENT WITHOUT OXYGEN, WITHOUT

A STEADY HEART RHYTHM, WE

DON'T EXPECT HER TO LIVE.

IMMEDIATELY I CALLED BOTH

SETS OF PARENTS AND ASKED

THEM TO PRAY.

AND THEY IMMEDIATELY BEGAN

CALLING OTHER PEOPLE.

AND THEY STARTED SPREADING

THE WORD, AND BEFORE LONG,

THE PRAYERS HAD GONE OUT AND

LITERALLY, FROM ALMOST EVERY

HABITABLE CONTINENT IN THE

WORLD THERE WAS SOMEONE

PRAYING THAT GOD WOULD DO A

MIRACLE AND RAISE MEREDITH

UP.

Reporter: DOCTORS

CONTINUED TO PREPARE

JONATHAN FOR THE WORSE.

THEY ALSO WARNED IF MEREDITH

SURVIVED THE HEART TRAUMA,

SHE WOULD HAVE EXTENSIVE

BRAIN DAMAGE.

WHEN I WAS IN THE

HOSPITAL WAITING AND I

CALLED OUT TO GOD, THE

THOUGHT WAS, WHAT WILL I DO

WITHOUT MY WIFE?

WHAT WILL MY DAUGHTER, EIGHT

DAYS OLD, DO WITHOUT HER

MOTHER?

SO THREE TIMES A DAY, FOR 30

MINUTES TO AN HOUR, I TOOK

MY BIBLE, I TOOK A NOTEBOOK

THAT SHE HAD OF SCRIPT

SCRIPTURES AND PRAYERS, AND

I CRIED AND A PRAYED AND I

QUOTED SCRIPTURES.

THAT THURSDAY MORNING,

BEFORE I GOT TO GO INTO SEE

HER, I WAS SITTING IN THE

WAITING ROOM, HOLDING MY

BIBLE.

AND I OPENED MY BIBLE UP,

AND I SENSED THAT THE LORD

WANTED TO SPEAK TO ME ABOUT

THE SITUATION.

SO I OPENED IT UP, AND IT

OPENED TO ISAIAH 6.

AND THE FIRST THREE VERSES

SAY "COME AND LET US RETURN

UNTO THE LORD FOR HE HAS

TORN AND HE WILL HEAL US.

HE WILL BIND US UP.

AFTER TWO DAYS, HE WILL

REVIVE UP, AND THE THIRD DAY

HE WILL RAISE US UP AND WE

WILL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT."

I SAID LORD, THIS IS YOUR

WORD FOR THIS SITUATION.

WHEN I WENT INTO THE

HOSPITAL ROOM, I WOULD

REPEATEDLY READ OVER HERE

AND QUOTE JOSIA, CHAPTER 6,

AND SAYING GOD IS GOING TO

RAISE YOU UP.

I WALKED IN AND CALLED

HER NAME.

AND HER EYES FLICKERED TO

ME.

I GRABBED HER HAND, AND I

SAID, MEREDITH, I NEED YOU

TO SQUEEZE MY HAND.

SLOWLY SHE DID SQUEEZE MY

HAND.

BY THE END OF THE NIGHT, SHE

WAS ATTEMPTING TO TALK OVER

THE VENTILATOR.

SHE WAS NODDING HER HEAD,

RESPONDING TO OUR

QUESTIONS.

BUT SATURDAY MORNING,

JULY 5th, AT 8:00 A.M. IN

THE MORNING, I WALKED INTO

THE HOSPITAL ROOM TO MY

WIFE, WHO SAID WOULD NOT

LIVE, AND SHE WOULD NOT

RESPOND AND SHE WON'T

SPEAK.

I WALKED IN AND SHE WAS

SITTING ON THE BED AND

SMILING AT ME, AND IN A

PLAIN VOICE, SHE SAID, "HEY,

BABE."

AT THAT POINT, I KNEW THAT

THE DOCTORS HAD DONE THEIR

BEST AND THEY MEANT WELL,

BUT GOD HAD THE FINAL SAY IN

THE SITUATION.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

HER RAPID RECOVERY, MEREDITH

WAS MOVED FROM I.C.U. THE

NEXT DAY.

JUST ONE WEEK AFTER HER NEAR

FATAL HEART ATTACK, MEREDITH

WAS ABLE TO RETURN HOME AND

SEE OLIVIA.

I JUST REMEMBER BEING SO

GRATEFUL AND SO THANKFUL

THAT I WAS STILL THERE FOR

HER.

AND WITH HER.

AND IT WAS LIKE SHE KNEW

EXACTLY WHO I WAS.

Reporter: IN THE EN

SHOEING WEEKS -- ENSUING

WEEKS, MEREDITH UNDERWENT

SERIOUS CARDIAC

REHABILITATION.

THREE YEARS LATER, MEREDITH

HAS RETURNED TO HER LIFE

WITH NO LIMITATIONS.

I LOVE TO SHARE MY

TESTIMONY.

I LOVE TO PRAY FOR PEOPLE

THAT ARE SICK AND NEEDING

HEALING.

I LOVE TO ENCOURAGE THEM

THROUGH MY STORY.

I JUST HOPE THAT IT BRINGS

GLORY TO GOD OF JUST LETTING

PEOPLE KNOW WHAT HE IS STILL

ABLE TO DO AND CAPABLE OF DOING.

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