Nobody expects to have a heart attack at the age of 31, especially when they are healthy and active, so Josh Bhikoo had a hard time believing it when he regained consciousness at the Drumheller Hospital with a team of medical professionals standing over him.
It was September 28, 2011 when he first went into the local hospital suffering from chest pain and was first diagnosed with pneumonia. He went back later that day and when he collapsed, the decision was made to call STARS to transport him to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Josh later learned that decision probably helped save his life. He was told that had he arrived much later, he may not have survived.
In Calgary, physicians performed an angioplasty and put a stent in his heart. Josh was on life support for the next nine days and awoke on the 10th day. His recovery from that point was fairly seamless as he slowly began increased physical activity. Josh, a cyclist who had clocked over 8,000 kilometres on his bike the year before his unexpected heart condition, hoped to be back on his bicycle within a year’s time.
Upon arriving back home in Drumheller, Josh soon witnessed the STARS helicopter on another mission and decided to get involved by spearheading sales of the organization’s Red Ring For Life campaign at a local Fountain Tire outlet.