The ambulance nurse, moreover, turned out to be a friend of his. The protocol was immediately activated and in few minutes a helicopter arrived to rush him to hospital. Meanwhile, his parents were at a second home in Tarragona. Ramon, Miquel’s father, explains that it was “a miracle” that he didn’t get a fine from the motorway radars, because they were very nervous as they drove to Barcelona without knowing exactly what had happened. Ramon admits that they had “no choice but to accept it”. They had “total and absolute trust in the medical team” and are very grateful to them.
Once at the Hospital Clínic, Miquel’s therapeutic hypothermia process began, he was put in a coma, and his body temperature was lowered to 33ºC in order to try to prevent brain damage. Miquel was in a coma for 9 days and woke up, to everyone’s surprise. He then began a physical and mental recovery process, which lasted for years. A few days later, the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona cardiology team decided to implant an Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, which is known as an ICD. Miquel explains that, “when the heart is defibrillated, an electrical shock is delivered that ensures the heart keeps on beating”. ICDs last for 7 to 8 years and, since 2012, Miquel’s ICD has had to be changed twice, and his heart has stopped 19 more times. However, the ICD “has saved my life”, he concludes.