Colt Ford Survived Two Heart Attacks, Still Not Fully Recovered

Country Singer Colt Ford Faces Health and Spiritual Reawakening

by Zain ul Abedin
Colt Ford Survived Two Heart Attacks, Still Not Fully Recovered
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Colt Ford, the 54-year-old country-rap artist, recently opened up about his harrowing experience following a severe heart attack that occurred right after his performance at Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in Gilbert, Arizona.

During a candid interview on the Big D & Bubba radio show, Ford revealed the chilling details of the night of April 4, where he collapsed and "died two times" due to the severity of the cardiac event. The incident unfolded shortly after Ford dazzled fans with a sold-out show, which he admits he has no memory of.

“I didn’t even remember coming out here to do a show in Phoenix, and apparently we played this great, sold-out show and it was incredible,” Ford shared. His night took a dramatic turn when he texted his fiancée post-performance, collapsed, and was rushed into intensive care.

Ford's survival hinged on the swift action of his band members and Bentley's trauma team. Initially taken to Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, he needed specialized treatment not available there. Ford recounted the frantic transfer to another hospital equipped with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) technology, essential for his survival.

ECMO helps the heart and lungs rest and heal by pumping and oxygenating the blood outside the body, a critical intervention for Ford at the time. Awakening a week later, on April 10, with his fiancée Megan and son Colt Jr.

by his bedside, Ford was informed of the grim prognosis he had beaten. "I wouldn’t have given you 1%, I would have given you 0.1% that you would survive," doctors told him, underscoring the miraculous nature of his recovery.

Ford's Ongoing Recovery

Reflecting on his ordeal, Ford expressed a profound sense of spiritual and physical transformation. “It has been life-changing, spiritually changing, and obviously physically changing,” he noted.

Despite his progress, Ford acknowledged that he is "still not 100% out of the woods yet," facing ongoing health challenges including the need for three stents and dealing with complications from a failing gallbladder. Throughout his recovery, Ford has maintained a perspective enriched by gratitude and a renewed sense of purpose.

“The Lord had more for me to do,” he affirmed. “I’ve got more music for me to make and hopefully more differences to make in some people’s lives”. Ford’s ordeal has not only been a personal turning point but also a poignant reminder of life’s fragility.

He advised, “Live every day like it’s your last because one day it will be”. His heartfelt gratitude extended to his fans, whose prayers and support he credited for his ongoing recovery. Colt Ford first publicly addressed his health scare in a heartfelt Instagram video on April 24.

In it, he expressed his determination to return to music and thanked his supporters. While he regrets missing upcoming shows, Ford promises, "This ol’ country boy will get back," signaling not just a promise to his fans but a defiant stand against the odds.