When a heart-attack victim in Tennessee dies, the grieving family can’t get the medical care they need, but a friend can.
On Wednesday, Betsey Johnson, the wife of the man who died, got a phone call from her brother-in-law, Jeffery Johnson, who was on the phone with his friend, the deceased’s brother-law.
“I got a call from Jeff, he was at the house,” Betsey recalled.
It was a shock, because it was like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know if you know this, but we’re going to get this, you need to get out of here.
It’s not going to work.’
But they were ready. “
I was a little nervous because he wasn’t a big fan of the funeral and was a big supporter of the church,” Betse said.
But they were ready.
After Jeffery told the family that his family wanted to make sure the funeral would go smoothly, Betse was ready.
She was ready to get Jeff out of there.
“You want to get him out of the house and into the hospital, and I was just ready to do that, to make it go smoothly,” Betsche said.
But Betsey had a few questions.
How did the family get their hands on a new piece of jewelry?
How would the family handle the funeral?
And why would they want to bring a man with a heart ailment into their home?
For the next three hours, the family talked to Jeffery’s family.
He told them he’d never been a patient, but the doctors said that he could be in for a heart transplant.
Jeffery was diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome.
He had a very high blood pressure, and he had had problems with heart muscle function for some time.
They tried to talk Jeffery out of being at the funeral, but Jeffery had no choice but to stay and help.
And Jeffery wasn’t alone.
When the family went to Jeff’s brother’s house to ask about the funeral arrangements, they were met with another surprise.
His brother-man, Brian, had been the one to get the family a new diamond ring.
The diamond ring was a custom made and personalized gift.
The family had planned to send Jeff a diamond engagement ring, but Brian and Jeff wanted something else.
At first, Jeff was upset that they were going to give Jeff the diamond ring, Betsche recalled.
“We were going back and forth with him and he just couldn’t get his mind around it,” Betche said.
“He said, ‘I’ll have a heart.
It’ll be okay.'”
The family said goodbye to Jeff and headed to the hospital.
They called Betsey to ask if she could help, and she agreed.
Before the funeral could begin, the doctors told the entire family that Jeff was being treated at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Doctors told Betsey that they needed to take Jeff into surgery because his heart had a lot of plaque.
Because the plaque was so bad, doctors were worried about how much blood Jeff could lose if they did a heart bypass.
With all of this on the line, Betsie wanted to be sure Jeff would have enough blood to make a successful heart transplant, but she said it was up to her to decide whether to accept the offer.
Betheys doctors told her that if she agreed, she would donate blood.
They also told her they had a donation center in Nashville that could do a donor transplant.
But Betsey was hesitant.
She didn’t want to donate to a hospital that would treat someone with heart disease who was dying.
On Thursday, Betce was at home waiting for Jeff to arrive at Vanderbilt Hospital.
The doctors told Betse that they had received a request to donate blood and asked Betsey if she was okay to donate.
As she waited, Bette said she couldn’t tell her husband what was happening.
She was waiting for him to arrive, and when he finally arrived, she was still waiting.
“He was very calm, and as I was sitting there, he said, “I want to come and meet you.””
And I just said, `I’m sorry, Betrese.
Beth was the last person to meet Jeff before he was admitted to Vanderbilt.
She said that her husband was not worried about being on his own in the operating room.”
I don, I wasn’t expecting to be on my own. “
Jeff had a heart problem.
I don, I wasn’t expecting to be on my own.
But I thought that he was going to be fine, that he’d be okay.”
Beth said she was surprised to see how well Jeff had responded to the surgery