There is an Angel in All of Us

By: Pat Hobert

Earlier this year I had a cardiac arrest while parking my car. My wife and I were outside of my office and a taxicab was waiting to take us to the airport. I got out of my car and fell to the pavement. My wife came around the car and, seeing me lifeless, checked for my pulse and heartbeat. There was no sign of life. She was shocked, devastated and over-whelmed.

A 27-year old maintenance worker saw what happened from atop the next building and climbed down to ask my wife what had happened. She responded that I had just died. The young man told my wife to pry my mouth open. Then he knelt down and began to perform CPR while the taxi cab driver called 911.

The young man kept pumping my chest and within five or six minutes, I gulped for air. My wife looked at him and said, “Where did you learn this?” He responded, “I saw it done on TV.” He was my “angel”.

When the ambulance finally arrived I was taken to a hospital and as luck would have it — or rather, as God would have it — a famous heart surgeon was walking down the hall and heard code blue. He walked into the emergency room and I became this famous surgeon’s patient.

After being on ice for four days, a quadruple bypass surgery was performed successfully. I was released five days later. I ultimately located my “angel” and thanked him. I also found out that he had ended up performing the same type of CPR to save another dying man four days after my episode. Statistic show that only six percent of our population lives after going into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.

God obviously has some unfinished work for me. My cardiac arrest was not going to get in the way of God’s plan.

We often hear of giving our time, talent and money. Certainly, the young maintenance worker gave his time and talent to save two people in less than a week. What can we all learn from my story?

One thought is that everything that happens to you and me can be used by God. Your life, as well as mine, is not a result of random chance, fate, or luck. God can make use of everything that occurs and weave it into his master plan.

Experience is not what happens to us. It is what we do with what happens to us. What happens outwardly in our lives isn’t the only thing that is important. What happens inside of us is even more important.

The most profound realization that came from my life-threatening incident was that prayer does make a big difference. The incident has since taught me how to do less in life by focusing on what matters most. You see, I’ve been given a chance to make a difference in his world. I truly believe that God wants to work through me. I will not disappoint him.