Former Governor Tom Ridge recounts heart attack scare

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 20, 2018 11:17 AM

FILE PHOTO: In this Oct. 22, 2009, file photo, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on policy czars. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

(Undated) -- Former Governor Tom Ridge says he flatlined three times during a November heart attack, and he's crediting health care workers for keeping him alive.

The 72-year-old former U.S. homeland security secretary told The Washington Post in a story published yesterday he woke up feeling ill at a hotel in Austin, Texas.

He says he did an internet search on heart attacks before summoning help from hotel staff.

Ridge says emergency technicians cracked his sternum and broke several ribs working to revive him before he was put on hospital life support.

These days he's working a few days a week as his health recovers.

The Republican served as governor from 1995 to 2001 and as the country's first homeland security secretary until 2005.

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