The violinist performs for the medical staff who saved his life
The Florida Times-Union
ORANGE PARK, Fla – Violinist Michael Tropepe, who received life-saving care at Orange Park Medical Center after collapsing at home on December 5 with heart disease, returned to hospital this month here to give a little concert for the health care team who saved his life.
Tropepe was diagnosed last year with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a disorder in which an electrical abnormality in the heart causes a rapid heartbeat. It’s usually not a big deal, he said, and life-threatening issues are rare.
But he was not feeling well when he collapsed at his home in Orange Park. His girlfriend, Marvette Rose Henderson, called 911 and began work to resuscitate him. When paramedics arrived, they found him to be pulse-less and resuscitated him by CPR. Tropepe was rushed to Orange Park Medical Center and placed on life support.
The medical team treated Tropepe for 10 days, five of which were in intensive care. Their life-saving measures, including a cardiac ablation, helped him make a full recovery. After Tropepe returned home, emergency physician Justin Deaton asked if he would be interested in performing for the medical workers who treated him.
Tropepe eagerly embraced the idea.
“It was really an emotional concert for me,” he said. “I wanted to say with music what I couldn’t say with words. I was lucky to have a way to show them [his gratitude] through more than words. “
Tropepe has performed several classical compositions, accompanied on two selections by Henderson, who is also a violinist. The couple lived in New York City before moving to Orange Park in April to be with family and try to wait for the pandemic to end.
He is now looking for opportunities to perform again. “I made a full recovery,” Tropepe said. “I am so lucky, and this is an indicator of how Orange Park [Medical Center] has no weakness in the chain from paramedics to doctors. “
Today, violinist Michael Tropepe returned to Orange Park Medical Center to perform for the healthcare team that saved his life a month ago. It’s his story and his beautiful music🎼. For more information on emergency care when visiting the OPMC, opmed.co/OPMCER.
posted by Orange Park Medical Center Thursday, January 14, 2021