The elevated heart rate of some patients has been reduced as they recover from surgery, but not everyone is as fortunate as the man who is recovering from a heart attack after he was put in a high-level elevator.
The man, who is in his 20s, is now on a ventilator after his heart attack, NBC News has learned.
He has been on ventilators in his apartment, but his family and friends believe he may have fallen asleep at the wheel of a high floor elevator at a busy Manhattan intersection.
His father, who was with him at the time, was able to stop the elevator at the bottom of the ramp.
“I’ve got the elevator keys and I’m going to use them,” his father told NBC News, as the elevator doors opened.
“I was sitting at the foot of the stairs, and I heard the door open and I looked over to see the elevator door open, and it’s like I’m looking up at the ceiling.
I can’t believe it.
It’s really scary.”
His father called 911, and the man’s heart rate dropped to nearly normal, NBC reports.
His mother, who witnessed the incident, said that as soon as he was on the elevator, she was able put him on a stretcher and rushed him to the hospital.
The ambulance arrived on the scene, but he was still in the elevator when it stopped.
His family said he had a broken jaw, fractured rib and broken jaw bone.