Man nearly dies days before daughter's birth

August 7, 2008 5:34:44 AM PDT
When his daughter was born this week, Michael Lacerda was in Ocean Medical Center in Brick as a patient. The 24-year-old car repairman suffered a heart attack on Friday, days before his daughter Madison Rose was born on Tuesday.

Michael's wife, Melissa, stayed with her husband in the critical care unit through the weekend.

When her water broke at 2 a.m. Tuesday, she informed some nurses and was taken to the maternity ward to give birth to the couple's second child.

Michael, who has diabetes, says he's going to start watching his diet after surviving the ordeal. Doctors say most patients whose hearts race as fast as his did don't survive.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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