On April 27, Grammy winner Peabo Bryson suffered a heart attack at his Georgia home. The 68-year-old is on his way to a fully recovering and he has first responders to thank. The legend is now thanking the firefighters who saved his life.
According to a press release, Bryson and his wife Tanya Boniface Bryson visited Cobb County Fire Station 3 in Marietta, Georgia, on Tuesday.
“Here I am, thanks to you guys,” Bryson told the firefighters. “You don’t know that you’re going to survive anything like this, but when you do, the life that you had before is not the life that you have now. There is so much to be grateful for and I’ve learned to believe in the concept of second-hand grace.”
His wife added, “From the minute it happened to the minute they found a pulse to the minute he got better, the whole thing has been flawless and I can’t thank everybody enough.”
She was addressing 911 Supervisor and Dispatcher Chris Hayes, who walked her through performing CPR until first responders arrived.
“I was a mess and you guided me through it in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you,” she added.
She also thanked the doctors and nurses at WellStar Kennestone Hospital where Mr. Bryson was treated.
“He wasn’t aware of all the nurses working around him, but I was the one liaising with them and talking to them, and they guided me through each phase of his recovery,” she said.
Cobb County Department Fire Chief Randy Crider shared, “When you think of the magnitude of what we do as first responders, I really am not sure that people wrap their minds around the difference that they make in people’s lives. There are very few occupations out there where you can lay your head on your pillow at night to say I gave a one year old son an opportunity to be raised by his mom and his dad.”
Bryson is known for songs like 1992’s “A Whole New World” with Regina Belle, which won a Grammy and an Academy Award. His 1991 duet with Celine Dion, titled “Beauty and the Beast,” also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe award.
The Washington Post reported in 2014 that there is a huge risk of a heart attack for Black men over 40.
“American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed a striking increase in risk for black men between ages 40 and 79. The study found that, in the period 2011 to 2014, 65 percent of them were at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years — compared with 54 percent for that age group during the period 1999 to 2002,” the Post wrote at the time. “Meanwhile, the study found that the comparable risk for white men rose from 44 to 48 percent in that period.”
According to Your Heart Health, “Black Americans are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke than White Americans.B lack women (49%) and Black men (44%) have higher rates of heart disease.”
We are happy to hear Peabo Bryson’s condition was improving.