“You Saved Two Hearts That Night”
Kathy Mote awoke suddenly, in the middle of the night, to find her husband, Bud, “cold and clammy” and suffering severe pain in his back. From their home in North Georgia’s mountains, she rushed him by car, 18 miles to Piedmont Mountainside in Jasper.
As Bud recalls: “They met me at the door, they took me back… and immediately upon checking said I was having a heart attack.”
Within minutes, Bud was on a helicopter, whisked away to Piedmont Atlanta and its Cardiac Catheterization Lab, where a top-notch team of physicians and nurses awaited him.
Quick action was essential, because “Time is muscle,” according to Margaret Salle-Dawson, an emergency room nurse on duty that night. “It was very critical that he had the (surgical) intervention. People do not survive this normally.”
Later, when Bud and Kathy had the opportunity to thank the helicopter crew that helped save Bud’s life, a relieved and grateful Kathy stated: “The fact that you were able to get (him) here so quickly — you saved two hearts that night.