Now, explore the SPIRITUAL dimension of humor in Sam Krause’s newly published book “Hey Waiter…There’s God in My Soup!” Check out our sister website www.hey-waiter.com.
Sam’s defective heart continued to pump, assisted by modern medicine and the holy man’s blessing, but on his fortieth birthday, a second holy man divined that the blessing needed reaffirmation.
On a terrifying day in October 2002, Sam was rushed to the emergency room, his chest shuddering with a heart rate of 160 beats per minute. After the medical team stabilized him, a pacemaker was implanted, but a subsequent visit to Sam’s cardiologist revealed that no device would be capable of sustaining Sam’s enfeebled heart for much longer. A transplant evaluation was scheduled, and Sam, his wife and six children prepared for the worst.
January 2003 heralded a new year in the fullest sense. Sam’s first appointment with Dr. Alan Gass, head of transplant cardiology at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, became a defining moment for both men. Dr. Gass, the first of an extraordinary succession of visitors to Sam’s hospital bed, was one link in the chain of miraculous events that culminated in a successful heart transplant that returned life to Sam…and Sam to life.