On Jan. 26, Terry Donovan finished his fish dinner at Hogan’s restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, walked out to the parking lot and died.
“They said I was clinically dead,” Terry explains of his cardiac arrest. A good samaritan immediately intervened and started chest compressions that saved his life.
Terry and his family spent a few weeks trying to identify the good samaritan, but their search came up empty. The unidentified man wasn’t the only person involved in saving Terry’s life and he made it a point to make sure he thanked each and every one of his nurses and doctors at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, whose quick action and care, saved his life and preserved his brain function.
“Everybody went above and beyond what I could’ve expected,” said Terry, who chose Nurses Week to surprise the staff because, “They deserve as much recognition as I can give them.”
Yesterday Terry was back in the hospital to deliver his personal thanks for the “marvelous care” he received. Armed with personalized notes and bouquets of forget-me-nots, Terry made his rounds to all of the departments he was with during his stay – emergency, cardiac intensive care and cardiac progressive care. Addressing all of his caregivers, Terry offered a few words of thanks and left them with a traditional Irish blessing, “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.”