SOMERVILLE, NJ - Grateful to be alive, Richard Smekal returned to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset on Wednesday to thank the doctors, EMTs and hospital staff for their quick action in saving his life after he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest on Main Street March 30.
Smekal, an equipment operator for an electrical company, was working on Main Street in Somerville when he went into sudden cardiac arrest and collapsed just outside the office of Dr. Anthony Catanese, a urologist with RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group and RWJUH/Somerset.
Catanese performed CPR on Smekal until the Somerville Rescue Squad and RWJBarnabas Health’s Mobile Health Services arrived.
Smekal, 61, of Little Egg Harbor, was taken to RWJUH/Somerset where he underwent an emergency angioplasty.
Just short of three weeks since Catanese labored to keep Smekal alive, he is fully recovered.