Stories of the Heart: Roger White

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By News Team on February 14, 2017

When snow blanketed the New River Valley last winter, Roger White took out his snow blower and went to help a neighbor who’d recently had a heart attack. Before he could finish clearing his friend’s driveway, though, Roger’s own heart gave out, and he collapsed.

Getting him to the hospital was a challenge. The snow was too deep to drive through, and the wind and blustery weather made flying hazardous. At one point, Roger’s heart stopped, but the paramedics who’d managed to reach him were able to revive him.

Later, after they made it to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Roger had coronary bypass surgery, the nurses took to calling him “miracle man.”

Now Roger is just glad to have his life back. He’s also heeding the call of the open road.

“I love riding motorcycles,” he said. “I ride the motorcycle every chance I get.”   

Watch the video below for Roger's full story.