HOUSTON - A local actor recently had a massive heart attack, while leading a seminar in Houston. James Wark, 59, died nine times, before medical workers were able to stabilize him.
He says when he went into cardiac arrest, he passed out and didn't wake up for 2 weeks.
Doctors used something called a Hypothermia Protocol. They used cool packs on James' chest and thighs, to cool his body temperature to 91 degrees.
Doctors at West Houston Medical Center say the intent of this procedure is to try to lower the body temperature, to decrease the metabolism in the brain. This gives the brain a break, while other organs, like the heart, compete for oxygen.
James had to undergo a quadruple bypass. He is so happy to have survived his near death experience, he says he has stopped smoking, eats healthier, and is exercising more.
The CEO of West Houston Medical Center, Todd Caliva, says he believes the hypothermia treatment truly helps.
He says he and his colleagues are happy and excited to offer this type of treatment. He says the Houston Fire Department/EMS Workers are the first major metropolitan city to be involved in this type of protocol.
He says other hospitals using the hypothermia treatment in our area include: HCA Hospitals in Clear Lake, Kingwood, and also Methodist Hospital and Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center.