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I Got My Life Back

In the middle of the night 12 summers past, Mark Franek’s world unraveled. At age 47, he suffered a heart attack that left him in a coma for six days and potentially in need of a heart transplant.


More than two months after the fateful mid-August Sunday, Christine Grandpre still tears up at the memory. She knows how close she came to losing her 44-year-old husband, Christopher.

A Celebration of Life

On the night of December 11, 2005, Santa Paula resident Veronica Salas arrived at Community Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room with a failing heart and acute respiratory failure. She was in many ways experiencing the medical crisis of a 90-year-old patient - except Veronica was only 26.