“I thank God for sending me an angel. You saved my life. You were sent by God.” – William Barakat [#IThankGod]
A Florida man met the Orlando hotel worker who saved his life nearly 2 weeks ago after he went into cardiac arrest.
William Barakat and his wife, Fatima, were staying at the Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacation Club resort in Orlando Labor Day weekend.
The couple was celebrating 40 years of being together.
On Labor Day evening, William Barakat went into cardiac arrest inside his hotel room.
William Barakat’s wife called 911 as hotel employees rushed in to help them.
Loss Prevention Director Ivan Melians performed chest compressions for 11 minutes.
“You were a hero that night, you really are. What you did is not what a normal human being would have done. You were a superhero that night, our superhero.”
EMS took William Barakat to the hospital.
Fatima Barakat said doctors found 5 clogged arteries and they performed coronary artery bypass surgery.
She said doctors told her William Barakat should have been paralyzed from the loss of oxygen, but she said he is alive and walking because of Melians and other hotel employees’ quick actions.
“I thank everybody who made every second count, for everything to be exactly where it needed to be for William to be here.”
William Barakat and Ivan Melians met for the first time since the incident Sunday morning.
Even in the age of social distancing, they could not stay apart and gave each other a big hug.
“It’s really nice to see that you’re doing well.”
William Barakat spent almost 2 weeks recovering in the hospital.
William Barakat said he does not remember what happened that night, but he knows he wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for Melians.
“I thank God for sending me an angel. You saved my life. You were sent by God.”
‘I thank God for sending me an angel:’ Man reunites with Orlando hotel worker who saved his life
WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
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