Former Homeland Security director and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge made one of his first public appearances this week since a heart attack in November nearly took his life. In comments made exclusively to Action News, he tells us his secrets to his survival.
Tom Ridge has led an active life. War veteran, member of Congress, Pennsylvania governor and director of Homeland Security. A legacy that almost ended November 16 when he woke up in a Dallas hotel with chest pains. An event he later learned was almost fatal.
Ridge says “I got connected with a great group of cardiologists and some tremendous professionals. Six days later I woke up and I’ve been on the mend ever since and I was blessed. It was a combination of great health care and divine intervention. You put the two together, it’s pretty powerful.”
A powerful combination, but Ridge adds one more, crediting the cards, letters, and prayers that supported his recovery. He states “I look at November 16th as a reminder of all that is good with this country not only in healthcare and professionalism but all the great friends and family members who in their own way contributed to my recovery.”
His message now to those friends and family is simple if something isn’t right medically get it checked. It just might save your life.
Ridge made those comments to us at a Washington Reception for Mercyhurst University’s Ridge School for Intelligence Studies.