NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A local man is alive and celebrating the holiday with his family, thanks to his son, who performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation after his dad suffered a heart attack. Doctors tell the family, those actions saved the man's life.
"There are angels looking over me. And now I have a real-life angel," says 55-year old Gene Baggett, who has had some heart problems over the years.
He suffered a massive heart attack at his home on Dec. 14. His 25-year old son, Casey, who lives at the house, called 911.
"They said, you have to do CPR," recalls Casey.
Problem is, Casey had no training or experience in CPR. But he says he had watched it on TV and so he put his dad on the floor, as instructed, and started pressing on his chest. he kept that up for several minutes, maintaining a faint heart beat. Then paramedics arrived and took Gene to Cape Coral hospital for treatment. Later he moved to Health Park to receive a pace-maker. Now Gene is back at home, recovering.
"I am alive because of Casey, and he is my hero," says Gene Baggett.
"I am not a hero, I just did what I had to do, to protect and save my family," says Casey.
As a result, Gene, his wife, and Casey are celebrating Christmas with relatives. Wife Vickie says: "The doctors told us, he was dead twice. Then came back. They say there really is no way he should be alive today. It's because of Casey, keeping him alive until help got here."
"I am so happy, this is a real Christmas miracle. We owe it to Casey," says Gene Baggett.
Casey now is considering, getting some training so he can become an emergency medical technician.