New technology saves Phoebe patient

A south Georgia man says he owes his life to new medical technology at Phoebe Putney Hospital.

Richard Shiver says he almost died in September, but thankfully he was wearing a life vest.

It is a defibrillator patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest can wear.

It is able to detect when the person wearing it is having heart problems and sends a powerful shock, essentially zapping them back to life.

"The next thing I remember is waking up gasping for air, and hearing the voice command off of the box that you have to wear telling me that treatment has been delivered call your doctor immediately, I was fixing to die, if I had not had this vest on, I would not be here right now, that is a given," says Richard Shiver, Cardiac Patient.

The LifeVest is used for a range of conditions.

It can be used following a heart attack and before or after bypass surgery or stent placement.

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