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                                                                  “That Saturday I went with my wife to Walmart,” he said. “I could         Up to 10 Years
           Hiram Reyes-Rabell spent last Christmas
           celebrating with his family in Fayetteville: opening gifts,   only take a few steps and then I had to get one of those electric carts
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           playing games and laughing a lot. But he doesn’t remember any of it.   you sit in. I got tired so fast.”

           “My wife told me all of this later,” he said, “but I have no memory of   An Army veteran, Reyes-Rabell was not used to the downtime and

           that day at all.”                                      wanted to get back to work. After one month of rest, he was relieved
                                                                  to return to his job at Goodyear.
           That night, in bed, Reyes-Rabell made a strange gasping sound in
           his sleep. His wife, Yaitza, tried to nudge him awake. When he didn’t   “Now I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “Better than I felt before all

           respond, she turned on the light to find her husband not breathing   of this.”
           and turning blue.
                                                                  He also lost dozens of pounds, shrinking from 285 to about 220. He’s
           Yaitza screamed and their daughter, Yoliana, came running from   keeping it off with a daily walking habit and a much more careful

           down the hall. Yoliana started CPR while a 9-1-1 operator talked her   way of eating.
           through the terrifying moment.
                                                                  “I eat mostly chicken, fish and veggies,” Reyes-Rabell said. “And I
           Reyes-Rabell, at 45, had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. With no   only drink water now. No sodas, not even on cheat days.”

           warning, his heart had simply stopped beating. Minutes later, he was                                                 REAL.
                                                                  Those occasional cheat days are an opportunity to enjoy some of
           on his way to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in an ambulance.
                                                                  his old favorites, including some of the delicious foods of his native

           “They were able to get a pulse in the ambulance,” he said, “but I   Puerto Rico.
           think they said they had to shock me like 15 times.”                                                                 LOCAL.
                                                                  “A lot of that food is fried,” he said, “and I’m not allowed to eat fried food.”
           The entire next week is also missing from Reyes-Rabell’s memory.
                                                                  In February, Reyes-Rabell attended the Heartfelt Banquet hosted
           He spent most of it unconscious, recovering in Cape Fear Valley
                                                                  by the Cape Fear Valley Heart & Vascular Center. The annual event   SAVINGS.
           Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center.
                                                                  invites cardiac arrest survivors to share their stories and to celebrate
           “I opened my eyes on New Year’s Day,” he said. “The first thing I   with some of the people who saved their lives.    See how much you could save

           remember was seeing my wife.”                                                                                         on car insurance today.
                                                                  Reyes-Rabell is looking forward to a belated celebration of his
           He learned that his cardiac arrest stemmed from an arrhythmia, or   wedding anniversary, which fell right in the middle of his hospital

           abnormal heartbeat, that was causing his heart to work very hard to   stay. He’s grateful to have more years with his wife — and glad she
           pump blood. He remembered being told about his irregular heartbeat   didn’t ignore what she heard on Christmas night.
           at an earlier doctor visit, but never followed up with a specialist.
                                                                  “If she wasn’t there when this happened,” he said, “I wouldn’t be

           The day after his eyes finally opened in the hospital, Reyes-Rabell   telling you any of this right now.”
           was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a
           device that sits under the skin and is connected to the heart by thin                                                        910-487-0037
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           shock to return the heartbeat to normal.

           “Two days later I was able to walk around the hall by myself,” he

           said, “and then the next day I was discharged to go home.”                                                                  Saving people money on more than
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           While he was glad to be out of the hospital, Reyes-Rabell said the

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