Miguel Morales, a 72-year-old doorman who works at Novotel in Times Square, survived two heart attacks and seven strokes after doctors lowered his body temperature to 91 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NY1. He went into cardiac arrest shortly after arriving at work three weeks ago and was immediately rushed to the local hospital before being transferred to Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s. Almost immediately, his kidneys started to fail and he suffered a second heart attack and seven strokes in a row. “We thought the heart was stable enough that we could actually pay attention to the brain and do something right away called hypothermia protocol,” his attending physician Dr. Amir Ahmadi told Spectrum News. The lower temperature preserved Morales’ brain cells while he stabilized for surgery. Doctors say he stayed that way for “several days” before doctors performed surgery to repair his heart.
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