Thank you all for praying! Here is an update on Matt's dad...
The Real Story: We found out that he did in fact have a massive heart attack last Thursday night. He had been playing basketball with the kids at a local park and before they left, decided to play "tag." He started to feel chest pains on his way home from the park. Running around like that must have put him over the edge. He got home and went straight to lay on the couch. Jamal was playing next door at the neighbor's house and wanted to go inside. The neighbor lady told him that she wanted to go to his house to ask his parents if that was ok. When she arrived at the house, she saw Jim laying on the couch, clutching his chest. She is an EMT and knew immediately that Matt's dad was having a heart attack. She called 911, which ultimately saved his life.
An Update: We found out this weekend that Jim had 100% blockage in the main artery to his heart and a branch of that artery was also block 90%. The type of heart attack he suffered is nicknamed the "widowmaker" by those in the medical field. This tells you how serious the situation was. He was immediately given a stent in the main artery and doctors performed an angioplasty on the branch that was blocked. Overall, his dad is feeling much better, but has to remain in the hospital for further observation and testing. Tests performed yesterday revealed that his heart is beating on its own, but not as strong as doctors had hoped. They have referred him to specialist to talk about ways they can rebuild the heart muscle and improve his diet/exercise over time.
Thank You for your prayers and encouragement during this time. It's difficult to be six hours away when tragedies like this occur. But, we know that our families reside in the Lord's hands, which is the safest place they can be.