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After one big scare, two miracles for thankful family

The Star Ledger
June 15, 2008

When John Seville, a police officer, suddenly began to experience nausea, vision problems and numbness in his leg, his wife Connie, who was 40 weeks pregnant at the time, knew he needed help – fast. An EKG performed at nearby Newton Memorial Hospital indicated a serious cardiac abnormality. Seville was airlifted to Morristown Memorial Hospital where a team of cardiac surgeons performed a successful aortic dissection. However, the lack of blood flow had already caused significant injury to John’s brain. Connie was told that John might never regain the ability to speak or move the left side of his body. But miracles do happen. While John was in a medically induced coma, Connie gave birth to a healthy little boy. He opened his eyes for the first time on the day his son was born. He was transferred to Kessler Institute where he was expected to undergo rehabilitation for about eight months. But he has made remarkable progress – walking on his own, regaining function in his arm and hand, and recovering his cognitive skills. In fact, he returned home in only six weeks – right in time for Father’s Day.

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