Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt is happy to be alive.
Gernandt said Saturday he is recovering from a heart attack he suffered Wednesday at Spring Lake Park. It was caused, he said, by a blockage in a small artery.
Gernandt was walking toward a crowd gathered for a press conference, then abruptly turned back to his car and asked for help.
“It felt like someone had punched me in the chest,” Gernandt said. “I haven't been that scared in a long time.''
He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center and released Friday.
Gernandt, 67, said doctors prescribed medicine for him and gave him the OK to return to work Monday.
“It was my goal to be back to work as soon as possible,” he said. “I feel a lot better than I did on Wednesday, that's for sure.”
Gernandt, who represents South Omaha on the council, said the community support in the wake of his hospitalization has been overwhelming.
“I have been very thankful,” he said. “I really appreciate the kindness.”
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