SOFIA & RYAN HOLTZMAN
Heart Attack Survivor
By Baptist Health Foundation
After church service on Sunday, July 31, 2011, Montye Barker felt very ill and told her husband, Jim, that she needed to go to the hospital. He called rescue and they transported Montye to the hospital, arriving around noon. After an examination in the Emergency Center, the attending physician transferred Montye to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and told Jim they wanted to keep her overnight for observation. Jim kissed his wife goodnight and told her, “I’ll see you in the morning, honey.” At 11:45 p.m., Jim received a call advising him he better come back to the hospital – as they were losing her.
Jim rushed to the hospital and found Dr. Robert Abello with Montye. Dr. Abello had already paddled her once and her heart came back – then stopped, so he paddled her again, as Jim stood behind him praying. Her heart came back, then stopped again, and Jim was still praying. As the two men stood there motionless, Montye’s heart started beating. “I don’t believe it,” said Dr. Abello. He turned around, looked at Jim and said, “Do you believe in miracles, Jim?” “Yes, I do,” Jim answered. “The Lord wasn’t ready for her yet, because she’s still got some things to do here on this earth.” Montye remained in the ICU for almost a month. “To those fine men and women, I owe my life,” Montye said.