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Church leader recovers from cardiac arrest on pulpit

2:43 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Two years ago, a local congregation saw its faith tested in the place where faith matters most.

One of its leaders collapsed on the pulpit during an Easter Sunday service.

Sean Peacock does not remember the day well, but he has heard all about it. While leading the congregation in a song at Faith Tabernacle Church in Conyers, the McDonough native suffered cardiac arrest and fell to the ground.

Peacock's heart stopped beating for 22 minutes. His sister did CPR until emergency personnel arrived, and he was rushed to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

He spent two days in a coma and then three weeks in the hospital. When Peacock got out, he pushed forward on a new cause.

The church in Conyers didn't have defibrillators. "Once you're attached to a defibrillator," Peacock learned, "your chances of survival go up 30%."

Peacock has started a non-profit called Straight for the Heart. The goal? Along with raising awareness of heart conditions, Peacock wants to raise money to buy defibrillators for churches.

Since recovering, Peacock has given birth to his third child and has returned to his work with the church. Asked what he learned, Peacock gives a simple but sobering answer.

"Every day is a gift," said Peacock. "Every day."

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