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September 27, 2009

Pelham man says and shows thanks for second chance

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"After we cried — he cried before me — I said thanks, thanks. After I said thank you, he said it wasn't him, it was God who gave him the tools. He is a very religious man. He said it was the Lord."

Do you remember anything from that time in Baltimore after the stroke?

"Last Saturday, when I was visiting the hospital, I remembered the face of the person who cared for me."

Did you do anything else while you were in Baltimore last weekend?

"Oh, yeah! We took in two Red Sox games. Sunday I saw Big Papi and shook his hands and he signed a few balls."

Did he know why you were in Baltimore?

"Yes, he is friends with Cephas. They met when Papi was staying at the hotel."

What is it like to have your life saved?

"I suppose it's a feeling of deep gratitude and immense ... aaah, immense ... aaah (He has trouble finding the words at times, a problem he still battles in the stroke's aftermath.)

Do you feel like you have been given a second chance at life?

"I feel like I've been given a second chance and it has renewed my faith in God. That's all I'll say about that."

Are you different now?

"Oh, yeah, I'm more emotional.

Is it deeper emotion you feel or more of a variety of emotions?

"Probably a depth of emotion."

Can you give me an example?

"Crying when I met Cephas. Also, I stop and smell the roses, smell the coffee. I have more observation skills, more in tune."

What about music, do you have a greater appreciation for it?

"I always liked the oldies, but I've learned to appreciate the blues."

What do you want to do in the future?

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