EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - It wasn't the second heart attack that broke Floyd Carter's heart. It was missing seeing his oldest granddaughter, Jessica Kapper, get married that did it.
Carter planned to celebrate the incredible life event with Kapper, who holds a special place in his heart, but that plan changed last Monday.
For the second time in seven years, Carter suffered a "Widow Maker" heart attack.
Floyd Carter, 74, wipes away tears as he watches from his hospital room in Evansville, Ind., as his granddaughter Jessica Kapper exchange vows on her wedding day with the help of technology and the St. Mary’s Medical Center Staff, Saturday, July 26. Carter, who suffered his second heart attack earlier that week was scheduled to have open heart surgery on July 29. His health made him unable to travel the 2.5 hours to see the wedding in person but with the help of his friends and family and the hospital he was able to witness the ceremony.
"In 2007 the doctor said that a very small percentage of people live through that type of heart attack," Carter told the Evansville Courier & Press. "He basically said I most likely would not survive the second one."
The result of his heart attack meant that Carter needs open heart surgery, which was scheduled for the following day, but it also meant he would be hospitalized until then and unable to make it to Mattoon, Illinois, for Kapper's big day on Saturday, July 26.
His heart was heavy missing the wedding, but he knew his health was more important so he could be around for many more special events in Kapper's life.
When hearing Carter's story, the staff at St. Mary's Medical Center decided to help him watch his granddaughter get married from his hospital room.
With two iPads, a mobile hot spot and using the video bridge for the hospital's computer system, Carter was able to exchange a thumbs-up with Kapper as she walked down the aisle.
"A wedding is a big life event, and through technology we were able to help him be there and not put his health at risk," Randy Capehart, media relations coordinator at St. Mary's Medical Center, said.
"This is great," Carter kept saying as he watched the hourlong Catholic Mass.
"It is just like being in church," Carter said. "I wish I could be there, but this is the next best thing."
Carter felt like the hospital and his family made sure to include him in the events of the day, and for that he was grateful. As he wiped away tears, Carter said this made for a day he won't forget .
"She might be a wife now, but she will always be my little granddaughter," He said. "I've cheated death, not once but twice, but I have a lot more living still to do."