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Patient strives for a happy life, even while facing open heart surgery

“I always try to make things pleasant,” said the 73-year-old retired, aerospace engineer living in Los Lunas. “I try to tell jokes, be happy and upbeat. I will say ‘Hi, how are you doing?’ to almost everyone I meet.”

So when he learned that his only option to fix three clogged arteries was open heart surgery for a triple bypass, he focused on a more positive note. “Well, if I can live past August, I will have outlived my father and both my grandfathers,” he said.

Life-saving measures help patient survive cardiogenic shock

Amber Medina thought the anxiety she was feeling was just the ordinary stress of daily life. Sure, the 38-year-old Albuquerque resident had a lot going on, as she had recently decided to go back to school and learn a new trade as a certified automotive technician.

Still, her boyfriend noticed that something was affecting Amber. For three straight days, he asked if she was okay. “I’m fine,” she always told him.