A Sidney man is alive today because doctors at Lima Memorial Hospital outfitted him with an external heart defibrillator.
Heart patient Jim Balser is lucky to be alive, thanks to the piece of high tech medical equipment.
Balser's life was saved back on July 9th by the LifeVest, a wearable defibrillator.
The LifeVest continuously monitors the patient's heart and, if a life-threatening heart rhythm is detected, the device delivers a treatment shock to restore normal heart rhythm.
Both Lima hospitals utilize the LifeVest, manufactured by Zoll in its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania facility.
Ninety-Five percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before they can receive some form of emergency help and the LifeVest helps bridge the gap in patients who've had recent procedures performed but haven't had a defibrillator implanted.
To date, the LifeVest has been prescribed to more than 100 thousand patients.