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Heart attack patient hugs doctors who saved him

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/13/2017 Sheeka Sanahori

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COLUMBUS, OH - By the time Ken Henning, 65, regained consciousness, it was all over. But he would soon learn how close he came to death.

Henning was on a delivery job when he started to feel sick. He was having a heart attack, but sought medical attention quickly enough to get the immediate care he needed. 

Henning had emergency quadruple bypass surgery, but the next day his heart stopped functioning again. Doctors shocked him 50 times to keep him alive, and emergency personnel flew him to an Intensive Care Unit that could handle his serious situation.

For weeks, Henning was kept on a special treatment that assists the heart and lungs to move blood and oxygen through his body. Henning remained unconscious the entire time.

After all this, Henning not only survived. He made a full recovery.

So when he got the chance to return to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to thank the doctors and nurses who kept him alive, he jumped at the chance. 

He called it his "victory lap."

But it wasn't just a victory for Henning. It was an inspiring moment for the hospital staff who treated him. At least this once, they got a hug and a handshake from a person they helped keep alive.

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