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Ross Durant

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ross Durant was in the midst of a broadcast when he had a heart attack.

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They had to interrupt the broadcast Ross Durant was recording at the midtown Toronto church where he volunteers, and now he considers himself the luckiest man alive.

"I was having a heart attack. The two co-broadcasters knew exactly what was going on. They got me into a chair, gave me some aspirin, dialled 911 and lo and behold, I was on my way to Toronto General Hospital," says Mr. Durant, now 83.

It was October 21, 2012, when Mr. Durant was admitted to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC). "They said if it was a heart attack, I would be their guest, so I became their guest," he says.

What makes Mr. Durant consider himself so lucky is that one of the key physicians attending to him at the PMCC was Dr. Michael Farkouh, a cardiologist whose expertise would turn out to have particular bearing on this case.