Inspire Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 12

Healing Hearts: A NEW HYBRID SUITE FOR STRAUB Lehneer Tactacan at the Beautiful Survivors Fashion Show. IN 2009, LEHNEER TACTACAN WAS AT JIU JITSU PRACTICE WHEN HE STARTED TO FEEL DIZZY. HE THOUGHT HE HAD JUST OVEREXERTED HIMSELF. BUT cardiologists and the rest of the team,” he said. “I knew that if I went to Straub, I SOON, THE CARDIAC NURSE WAS SO NAUSEATED THAT HE WENT TO THE would be well taken care of.” BATHROOM, FELL FORWARD AND HIT HIS HEAD. MOMENTS LATER, LEHNEER His situation was serious. Dr. Wesley Kai, an FELT HIS LEFT CHEST AND SHOULDER START TO CRAMP. HE KNEW HE HAD TO interventional cardiologist, took Lehneer GET TO A HOSPITAL. HE WAS HAVING A HEART ATTACK. for surgery. The team began to clear a 100 “I knew what was happening, but the situation was so surreal,” Lehneer said. “I was only 38 years old, and all I could think about was my wife having to raise our kids straight to the cardiac catheterization lab percent blockage in one of his arteries. After the procedure, Lehneer walked to the third floor for recovery. Within 15 minutes, his chest began to cramp again. He was on her own. And if I didn’t make it, would essentially having another heart attack. my kids be able to remember me?” Lehneer stayed at Straub for two days and At the time, Lehneer was a cardiac nurse at spent the next three weeks recovering. Straub Medical Center, so he was relieved to know the ambulance would be taking him there. 12 “I trusted Straub because I knew the Now, eight years later, Lehneer is a healthy father of four and back to practicing jiu jitsu, thanks to the quality of care at Straub.