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Man credits UMASS Memorial for saving his life

Jan 14, 2011 4:40pm
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(NECN: Kenneth Craig) - A Massachusetts man says he is alive today, thanks, in part, to where he was treated for his heart attack. And now, there is some proof to back that up.

When Jim Bourdelais started having severe chest pains at his Marlboro home in early May, he had no idea what was coming next would change his life.

He woke up one day at UMASS Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where doctors told him he had a massive heart attack -- the kind that most people do not survive. His coronary artery was completely blocked. At one point, doctors had even brought in his wife to say goodbye.

Jim was first transported to nearby UMASS Memorial's Marlboro Hospital, then flown to UMASS Medical. Turns out, a hospital rated number one in New England -- number three in the U.S. -- for surviving a heart attack.

The ratings are based on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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