Go Fund Me Set Up for Former Tri-Cities Radio Personality
One of our favorite Tri-Cities radio personalities is having a hard stretch of time and a Go Fund Me account has been set up in his name.
You've heard his voice for decades over the Tri-Cities airwaves on various stations like 98.3 The Key and 102.7 KORD. He was part of the KORD morning show for many years and has been a favorite of Tri-Cities listeners for years.
Sadly, Greg suffered a massive heart attack on November 18th, 2021, and is now recovering. A friend of his, Madison Spillman, has organized a Go Fund Me account to help with his mounting medical expenses.
Madison posted details of Greg's medical issues on the funding page:
Greg suffered what is commonly referred to as a "widowmaker" heart attack, which is an informal term for a heart attack that involves 100 percent blockage in the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. He was rushed to a hospital in Edmonds, WA, where he was placed under a medically-induced coma, placed on a ventilator, and given a feeding tube.
Five stents were placed in Greg's heart to open up his arteries. When doctors declared him stable enough to move, he was transferred to Swedish Hospital on Cherry Hill in Seattle, where he was diagnosed with and treated for pneumonia, but Greg was unconscious for it all.
He remained in a coma for 8 days and nights. After a pacemaker and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) were placed, Greg was finally brought out of his coma and off of his ventilator. This is when he was told by his doctor, "I can't believe we got you back." But due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Greg spent only 3 days conscious in the hospital before being discharged and heading home on November 29.
Currently, Greg is re-learning all of the skills that we take for granted: speaking, walking, climbing stairs, showering, using his phone, and even posting updates on Facebook. Everything is new, again, and it's hard. It's made harder still by the fact that Greg is extremely sore from the chest compressions that saved his life almost two weeks ago.
With continuing rehabilitation, Greg's prognosis is good. But even with these lifestyle changes, doctors say he won't be back to himself, again, for a whole year.
Greg has a long road to recovery and lots of his friends and former listeners are stepping up to help him with his medical expenses. If you'd like to help out, you can click on this link to help him out.
We wish Greg the best of luck in his recovery.