Actor Andre Gower, best known for playing Sean in the 1987 horror classic The Monster Squad, is on the mend after suffering a surprise and a massive heart attack.
The 48-year-old actor took to his Facebook to post a video update for fans, revealing his right coronary artery was 100% blocked and his life was saved within minutes.
His family and friends have also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills, with over $ 46,000 of the $ 250,000 goal paid on day one alone.
“Yesterday I apparently went and had a heart attack. Apparently from the reports it was pretty decent, ”Gower began.
Heart attack: Actor Andre Gower, best known for playing Sean in the 1987 horror classic The Monster Squad, is on the mend after suffering a surprise and massive heart attack
He revealed he was playing tennis with his “good buddy” named Mike when he “started not feeling very well and, to make a long story short, after a few minutes of not getting better, my buddy Mike picked me up in his car”.
The actor said Mike took him to emergency care first and, “they immediately saw what was going on and threw me into an ambulance, and I rushed over to the great room. emergency”.
He said he went straight to the cath lab, “and they put two catheters in my femoral artery and vein, they went through the vessels in my heart.”
Gower added how severe the heart attack was, saying, “My right coronary artery ended up being 100% blocked with a giant blood clot. Apparently, according to the people who worked on me and the excellent team at the cath lab, we arrived here with about 10 minutes to spare. ‘
He concluded by stating that he was still in intensive care and that they “just removed my two main lines” meaning his heart “is working hard enough to remove the pacemaker and the lines”.
Emergency Care: The actor said Mike took him to emergency care first and they immediately saw what was going on and threw me into an ambulance and I rushed to the large emergency room.
The heart attack came as a surprise not only to Gower, but also to his family and friends, who describe him on the GoFundMe page as “a healthy and extremely active 48-year-old.”
The actor had just completed a 30-day Instagram campaign called #ActiveWithAndre, where “he encouraged people of all abilities around the world to do just one thing in their comfort zone to take care of themselves and share their experiences. experiences as part of a self-care initiative. ‘
GoFundMe update said the actor initially thought he was just dehydrated or his blood sugar was low, but it turned out to be a 100% clot blockage blood.
They added that there were none of the traditional signs of a heart attack like “chest pain” or “arm seizure” or “dramatic collapse.”
His friend Mike rushed him to emergency care after he couldn’t find a pulse, and a number of miraculous events resulted in Mike getting the help he needed from Andre. just in time.
Nick of time: His friend Mike rushed him to emergency care after he couldn’t find a pulse, and a number of miraculous events resulted in Mike getting help from André he needed just in time.
“They said in another 5 to 10 minutes there would be no chance of survival. Just a little traffic, or another patient in the cath lab, or the cath lab just half a mile away – would have resulted in death. He was there – I saw him a hundred times when I was a paramedic, ” Mike said in a statement.
A day after the heart attack, they discovered a 50% blockage in his left anterior descending artery (LAD), known as the “Widowmaker” artery, and the decision was made to install a permanent pacemaker.
Gower started working as an actor at just five years old, appearing on The Young and the Restless and The Days of Our Lives.
He appeared in a number of TV spots with guests on The A-Team, St. Elsewhere, Knight Rider, Night Court and more before landing the role of Sean in The Monster Squad.
Surgery: One day after the heart attack, they discovered a 50% blockage in her left anterior descending artery (LAD), known as the “Widowmaker” artery, and the decision is made to install a permanent pacemaker. .