DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas man is sharing what he calls his “miracle story” after he nearly died. He was in church when suddenly his heart stopped.
“We’ve done the Our Father and are ready to donate.”
That’s the last thing Bob Richardson, 72, remembers on the morning of August 28. He was sitting in his usual chair during early service at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.
Richardson said: “My wife, who was sitting right next to me, looked over, and my head seemed to turn around, and I dropped the envelope that was on the cash register.
Gary Weinstein and his family happened to be sitting right across the aisle, about 30 feet away. When he realized something was wrong with Richardson, he jumped into action.
Dr. Weinstein, Medical Director of Lung and Critical Care Medicine at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, said: “I went up and looked at him, and he didn’t look very good. I said, ‘I’m a doctor. . . . And, while the organist and pianist continued to play, he began CPR when the senior pastor called 911.
“I think everyone has a prayerful attitude, because everyone knows what is going on is very serious,” said Dr. Stan Copeland of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.
A church worker grabbed a defibrillator, and Weinstein shocked Richardson. Still no circuit. He resumed CPR, and after a heart-pounding minute, Richardson took a breath.
“The pulse got stronger, and then the paramedics came and drove him away,” Weinstein said.
Richardson spent five days in the hospital but a week later he returned to his favorite place to worship and say thank you to the man who saved his life – with a little help, he believes.
“There are so many more deserving people that God could have saved, but I am so glad He chose me that day,” Richardson said.
Weinstein, a Jew and visiting church with his wife and father-in-law, said he simply did what anyone with the heart and knowledge of CPR would do. .
“I was in the right place at the right time. No questions asked.”
Third, the church added three additional defibrillators to the ones they already have, making sure they have one near every place of worship in case it needs one again.