Heart Attack Survivor Shares Story in Superior
Posted at: 09/07/2012 6:17 PM
| Updated at: 09/07/2012 7:49 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
Bart Beyer suffered a heart attack in May while on a boat on the Cloquet River, and he shared his story Friday at a regional cardiac care conference hosted by Essentia Health. At the conference he had a chance to thank the people who saved his life, as well as inspire those in the audience.
“I thank everybody, and God above,” Beyer said. “All the EMS teams; I'm happy they did what they did, and my son especially.”
Beyer was headed for a fishing trip with his son, Joshua, when he started to show signs of a heart attack. Joshua was forced to paddle down the river to get cell phone service where he called 911.
Along the way, he splashed his dad with water to keep him awake. Once rescue crews arrived with a helicopter, his heart stopped 24 times. He was revived each time, and now lives to tell his story.
“Don't give up, I guess would be the moral of the story,” Beyer said. “I'm certainly happy to be here.”