The Story Behind The Story
TO HEAVEN & BACK
When Professor Howard H. Stevenson woke up one January morning and headed to the Harvard Business School campus as he had countless times before, he had no reason to think that this might be the day that changed–and almost ended–his life at 64 years old.
It was a typical day until his “ticker simply stopped ticking.”
With no warning, Howard experienced what’s called unattended cardiac arrest–a particularly deadly type of heart attack with less than a 1% survival rate.
As Howard fell to the ground, a sequence of events began to unfold — any one of which would have by themselves been considered highly unlikely — that, in aggregate, are simultaneously inexplicable and miraculous.
Howard had miraculously lived through an event with a survival rate of less than 1% (.001) through…well, an inexplicable, incalculable series of events.