Grateful Giving: Harold Tobey

HAROLD TOBEY, A FORMER BARNSTABLE POLICE OFFICER was too terrified even to form a clear thought that fateful night. "As a police officer, I’d been through numerous sticky wickets. That didn’t compare to how stressed this made me."

Harold had been relaxing at his Hyannis home in 2008 and suddenly couldn’t get enough air. "I couldn’t breathe," he said. "I was panicked." Rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, Harold, then 75, was quickly assessed by a medical team.

Tests showed Harold’s heart was pumping at just 20% capacity. Cardiologist Nicholas Matas, M.D., recalls that day. "Mr. Tobey presented with severe shortness of breath," he said. "Testing allowed for rapid diagnosis and treatment. The full range of cardiac care at Cape Cod Hospital means Mr. Tobey and others like him have no need to travel off-Cape for care."

For Harold, the memory of the calm, comforting hospital staff remains as meaningful as their expert care. "The doctors, nurses, and aides were very professional," he said.
Today Harold’s heart capacity has doubled, and he feels quite well. His thoughts of those days in 2008 center not on the panic of near death, but on the people who saved him. Harold and his wife, Donna, send their thanks the best way they know, through donations to Cape Cod Healthcare. "I can’t say enough about my medical team," he said, singling out his primary care physician, Walter Rymzo, M.D. "I support Cape Cod Healthcare as generously as I can."

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