Her husband, who continues outpatient cardiac rehabilitation at Grand View, says there are many people to thank, far more than attended Wednesday’s reunion ceremony.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for everyone in this room playing their part and doing their job better than it needed to be done,” Byrne says. “Everyone that had a hand in keeping me alive today, I don’t know how to thank you. But I will try my best to lead a good life from here on out.”
Singh says Byrne’s case is an “unforgettable story” that has had a tremendous impact on his career as an interventional cardiologist. “Celebrating victories like today’s, and David’s recovery, is important because it takes a team to be successful in saving someone’s life in this scenario,” Singh says.
In addition to David and Jillian Byrne and Singh, speakers at the reunion event included Grand View Interim President and CEO Douglas Hughes, RN, and Ronald Freudenberger, MD, Physician in Chief, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute. Representatives from Abiomed, maker of the Impella® heart pump, were also at the event. An exhibit demonstrating how the pump works was available for attendees to view.