Louisville pastor gets second chance at life thanks to two strangers


by Maggie Ruper


Posted on February 3, 2013 at 11:12 PM

RICHMOND, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville pastor is thanking two strangers for giving him a second chance at life after suffering heart attack.

Curry suffered a heart attack on January 21 and the YMCA in Richmond, Kentucky while visiting family.

“If I could have said anything at all, I would have said ‘I just feel dizzy’ that was it. I was gone,” Harry Curry said.

He collapsed and two strangers rushed to his side. Della Mitchell is a front desk worker at the YMCA and attended to Curry.

“We actually lost harry three different times. The breathing stopped, he would try to breathe and we just kept back with the compressions and I kept back with the rescue breathing until paramedics arrived,” Mitchell said.

“I woke up in the emergency room thinking who am I here to visit?” Curry said.

Doctors told Curry he had the so called Widow Maker heart attack. Only two out of 100 are said to survive.

Curry is now recovering thanks to three stents in his artery and the work of strangers.

“I think my message today is not to miss the miraculous in the ordinary,” said Curry.

“A lot of people are giving Gary and I credit, we were just soldiers of the Lord willing to be used and we did what they Lord made us do,” Mitchell said.

Curry said he had no history of heart problems in his family. He now says he has two birthdays to celebrate each year.