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Doctor Thanks Heart Surgeon Who Saved His Life

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A doctor who survived an emergency is thanking the Florida surgeons who saved his life his words coming from the heart.

FOX's Craig Stevens has more on how one doctor saved another doctor's life.

The reunion you are watching is the product of quick thinking, good timing and a badly blocked artery.

Doctor Peter Franklin, a radiologist from Boston, is back in South Florida to thank the men and women that saved his life.

He and his wife were vacationing last year when he noticed something wasn't quite right.

"I just couldn't walk 50 feet without getting really exhausted," Dr. Franklin said.

He went to a hospital in The Keys. Then on doctor's orders, he took an ambulance to Mount Sinai on Miami Beach for more tests.

Scans revealed a major blockage in one of Dr. Franklin's coronary arteries commonly called "the widow maker".

Then his heart stopped. "He was very lucky he was in the right place at the right time," Dr. Escobar of Mount Sinai said.

The Mount Sinai Medical team immediately went to work. They cleared the artery and stabilized blood flow to the heart. At that point he had gone without oxygen for 15 minutes. Doctors again made another bold decision by dropping the patient's body temperature to 34 degrees Celsius to help protect the brain.

"Family and friends started flying down from Boston because doctor made it very clear that he may not make it through the night. And if he were to do so he could be in a vegetative state...he wouldn't have been Peter Franklin anymore," Franklin said.

He stayed that way for 24 hours. Doctors say the procedure likely saved him from any permanent damage.

"I'm not a cardiologist, I'm a radiologist but I know enough to know having read all of the notes and haven spoke to the doctors to know that I really shouldn't be here right now. I should have died. This is really closure for us; we'll never forget it, it is so important for us to be able to thank these wonderful people for giving us our life back." Franklin said.

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