WARNER ROBINS -- Outgoing City Councilman John Williams credits a defibrillator implanted in his chest last summer with saving his life Monday.
Williams, 72, said his heart stopped twice, once when he was in his truck and a short time later after he had stopped to get some water. The defibrillator activated both times.
If he had not had the defibrillator, he said, “I’d have been dead.”
Williams went to Houston Medical Center’s emergency room and was transferred to Coliseum Medical Center in Macon where he was set to undergo surgery Tuesday.
However, Williams said doctors have opted to keep him for overnight observation and try medication first before resorting to surgery.
“I’m going to be OK,” he said. “I’m fine.”
He said the top of his heart was running at 188 beats per minute and the bottom at 80 beats per minute.
Williams had the defibrillator implanted last July after he suffered a heart attack. At that time, his right coronary artery was 100-percent blocked. A defibrillator is a small, battery-powered device implanted in the chest of patients at risk of a sudden heart attack. When it detects cardiac arrhythmia, it delivers a jolt of electricity.
Williams said the first time the defibrillator activated could have been much worse had it not been that he was waiting on a red light to change.
Williams took office in 2008. He lost his seat in November to former firefighter Mike Davis, who won by a large margin. Williams’ term was marked by a series of personal controversies, and shortly before the election he came under federal indictment for allegedly soliciting money to arrange for the sale of a vehicle to the police department. The case is pending.
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