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Deanna Rebounding After Heart Scare

I just got off the phone with Coeur d'Alene Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander, who is still at Kootenai Medical Center after suffering a heart attack last Wednesday. She told me that she woke up that morning with pain in her hands and asked her daughter to take her to the hospital. At the hospital, she said her heart stopped five times as a result of a blockage of a blood vessel in the back. CPR was performed successfully. Fortunately, a heart specialist was on the scene. He was able to remove the blockage and put a stent in the vessel. Deanna, who was in good spirits despite a badly bruised chest (as a result of the CPR), said that she hadn't intended to keep her condition secret: "I thought everyone in town knew about this." She said her doctor advised her that she should take it easy for awhile. She looks forward to getting back at the podium and doing her official work which she enjoys so much.




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