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Woman helps doctors find life-saving help for father

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee father has his daughter to thank for saving his life.

Bobby Capers, a retired Nashville circuit judge, said if it weren't for his daughter's quick thinking and determination, he may not still be alive.

Capers suffered a stroke, then weeks later his health declined again due to another problem.

Capers' daughter, Christi Capers - who has a doctorate in pharmacy - said at first, doctors thought it was a heart attack.

"It wasn't a heart attack. No, we started looking a little further. He had another image done of his heart, and he had a big clot in his right atrium," Christi Capers said.

The woman said her father ended up in the emergency room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where doctors told the family there was nothing they could do.

The situation was so bad, Bobby Capers' family gathered by at the hospital, fearful they would lose their patriarch.

"I had 12 or 15 doctors tell me I was going to die," Bobby Capers said. "I was like, 'I gotta get myself together and start trying to figure out what to do.'"

But Christi Capers didn't give up, and she turned her search to the internet, hopeful to find a life-saving answer for her dad.

To her surprise, she found out about a device for getting rid of the clot and quickly emailed it to her father's doctors.

"They never pushed back a bit. The next morning, the cardiologist came in and said, 'We found that device,'" Christi Capers said.

"I remember her coming in crying, saying, 'Daddy, I think we've got it figured out. We're going to give it a try,'" Bobby Capers said.

Luckily for the family, it worked.

Back at home, Bobby Capers now has several therapy sessions a week to relearn basic skills. But one thing he hasn't had to relearn is how blessed he is to have a daughter like Christi Capers.

"Somebody asked me what was the greatest assets I ever had I told him my children. That's the best thing the Lord ever done for me was give me my kids. This is just a prime example of it," Bobby Capers said.

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