Hospital chaplain uses brush with death to help heart patients
For the past five years, he’s been a chaplain at Mount Sinai Heart on the Upper East Side. It’s his job to give cardiac patients of all faiths, and their loved ones, both spiritual and emotional support during what can be an extremely difficult time.
In November, the tables turned for Walker after he received a grim diagnosis.
“I knew something was very wrong. I had chest pains, like, the worst things I’d ever heard doctors describe. Like an elephant standing on my chest,” Walker said.
The next day, Walker sought treatment at Mount Sinai Heart and learned he had a pulmonary embolism, a large and often-fatal blood clot blocking a major artery in the lung.