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David Burke

 David Burke“The 90 minutes I spent at South Shore Hospital were the most important 90 minutes of my life,” said Hingham resident David Burke, as he recalled the care he received after a blood clot reached his heart.

David was rushed to South Shore Hospital by ambulance when shortness of breath and tightness in his chest signaled to him that something might be very wrong. Although his mother had experienced heart problems at an early age, David was a healthy, active 47-year-old. Within minutes of his 911 call, David was at South Shore Hospital, diagnosed, and in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab undergoing treatment.

“If South Shore Hospital didn’t have a cath lab on site, it would have meant an ambulance ride to Boston, which would have meant another 45 minutes of travel time to get to a hospital,” he explained. “And I probably would not have made it.” As it turned out, David also needed a quadruple bypass, which he received in Boston. He was en route within an hour and a half of arriving at South Shore Hospital for initial diagnosis and treatment.

David later learned that having a blood clot reach the heart usually means only a five percent chance of survival. He knows how lucky he is to have local access to the level of services available at South Shore Hospital. “South Shore Hospital’s cath lab saved my life,” he said. “No question about it.”

    

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