Friday, August 31, 2012

Update on Frank Ryan's Condition

As reported in our previous post, fireman Francis "Frank" Ryan, a 15-year veteran of the San Jose Fire Department, suffered a heart attack while battling yesterday's fire at St. Patrick's proto-cathedral in San Jose. NBC Bay Area has an update:

"A 15-year San Jose firefighting veteran remained in critical but stable condition Friday, as doctors placed the 44-year-old in a medically induced coma to allow him to rest.

The news came a day after Francis "Frank" Ryan suffered cardiac arrest in helping to battle a three-larm blaze that ripped through Saint Patrick Cathedral near downtown San Jose Thursday morning. On Friday, investigators still hadn't been able to determine what started the 11 a.m. fire.

Ryan was given immediate medical attention by his fellow firefighters. They said he had no pulse and was not breathing for a time, but his "brothers" brought him back to life before rushing him to the hospital.

The cardiac doctor who treated Ryan said his fellow firefighters definitely saved his life. He added that Ryan came to work with 'an angel on his shoulder.'"

Please join with us as we pray for Mr. Ryan's full recovery. Mary Help of Christians, pray for us!

One of the commentors over at California Catholic Daily, which also covered the story, wrote:

"According to my San Jose priest friends, that parish is San Jose’s largest parish and probably Northern California’s largest Catholic church with around 10,000 at Mass each weekend. I spoke with another priest friend, he of Vietnamese origin: he says that St. Patrick’s is considered the largest Vietnamese parish in the world."

Let us also pray for the parishioners of St. Patrick's, who have a large task ahead of them.

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