Jim Hughes was at the wheel of his Red 2003 Buick 4-door sedan on the afternoon of Jan. 13 on Southwest 128th Street, just west of Des Moines Way South. That is all he remembers of that winter day.
The official report tells the tale:"64-year-old male unresponsive. He had driven his car off the road and hit a house. Pt stb unc and not breathing. Driver is only one in the vehicle. The vehicle did not penetrate the house. He was extricated out the passenger side of the car."
Then medics from stations 19 and 18 assisted in trying to revive Hughes. He had suffered cardiac arrest. They rushed him to Highline Medical Center. At Highline, they recommended Jim be taken to U.W. Hospital. But when contacted, Jim said, he was told later, U.W. was full. He was taken to Swedish.
Three days passed before Jim awakened from a temporary coma at Swedish Hospital. He was unaware that he'd had a heart attack, lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a fence and into a house.More ›