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Stricken golfer says Keystone ‘Mulligan’gave him another shot at life

Larry OberhillKeystone/Plainwell, Mich.

Allow me to thank all those who contributed to my recovery from a serious heart attack June 27 at Keystone Ranch Golf Course.My youngest of five sons was to begin his cadet life at the U.S. Air Force Academy on July 1, so we decided to go out several days early from Michigan to our winter home at Keystone to allow him to adjust to the altitude. My older son and Summit resident Andy Oberhill suggested a round of golf on that Sunday. Following several swings on the practice tee, I keeled over, covering my Titleist like a loose grenade and flat-lined, no pulse or breathing – nada.Serendipity or providence – I attended Mass one hour earlier – you suppose? – placed my ski patroller wife, Donna, and Denver cardiologist, Dr. Ron Law, on either side of me on the practice tee. Dr. Law performed compressions, Donna and my two sons ventilated for CPR, and a quick response by Ranch employees activated the Snake River Fire Rescue team. Emergency medical technician Miguel Arias applied external defibrillation four times to regain a pulse 10 minutes later. Thanks also to the Flight for Life helicopter crew for speeding me to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver where the doctors, nurses and staff provided friendly excellent follow-up care, allowing me to see my son take his oath on July 2 and return home for work July 6, now with an implanted “defib” device. No rest for the lucky! Sorry – no Led Zeppelin playing Stairway to Heaven, no guidance about whether being a Cubs fan will ever payoff – but I guess I already won the big lottery. Then again, maybe Summit County is really heaven, or in Summit (like Willie Nelson sings) angels fly too close to the ground. See ya in the bumps this winter. Larry OberhillKeystone/Plainwell, Mich.


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