Posted: Dec 16, 2010 5:51 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Dec 16, 2010 6:26 PM
Kenny Henry has been a referee for 28 years. The night Lafayette High School played Acadiana High School, Henry thought it was just another ordinary game. But just a few minutes into the second quarter, the game turned into a potentially life-threatening situation.
EMS Instructor at LHS, Jennifer Morrow, said "I was at the game like I normally am--just sitting on the sidelines. I saw Mr. Henry collapse, so I just ran over to check on him and knew he was in a serious crisis."
Henry was having a heart attack and in cardiac arrest. Thanks to four girls who he calls "his angels" he managed to survive.
He said, "these girls are special. They gave me the gift of life."
The girls used an automatic external defibrillator to jump start his heart twice, which kept him alive until he made it to the hospital.
"There were 28 guys there," he said. "I was going into a surgery that was life-threatening of course; they made me feel like I had nothing to worry about."
His wife Albercy Henry was worried.
She said, "when I got to the hospital and the doctor told me about the by-pass surgery. It naturally did go through my head, he's not coming out of this."
Luckily Henry did come out of surgery, but he says not as the same person.
Henry, said, "I look at people a lot different. I've been kind of a pessimist my whole life. I'm not like that now. There's good in everybody and these people proved that. They didn't know me and they took care of me."
His wife added, "this is going to be a great Christmas because we have him with us and we can't thank these girls enough."
Henry is hoping to be back out on the field referring next year, not wanting to miss any of the action .