It might be a miracle.
What was supposed to be a routine check-up for Peter Browne, president of the East Lincoln Betterment Association, turned out to be a lot more than he bargained for.
â€œPeter simply had a birthday so he went in to the doctor for a stress test,â€ said Peterâ€™s wife, Judy Browne.
After performing the test at the Sanger Clinic at Lake Norman Regional, doctors found 90 percent blocked arteries.
â€œThe doctors told him that he would have to have a triple bypass before he had a heart attack,â€ Judy said.
A heart catheterization and surgery took place a week later at Carolinas Medical Center.
Judy said he is recovering well.
â€œWe are very fortunate that he did not have a heart attack,â€ she said.
â€œWe are very happy that this was found,â€ she added.
But Judy said that when the news was first delivered, everyone was shocked.
â€œThere were no signs,â€ she said.
Browne, who lives in Denver, is the owner of the UPS Store in Denver.
He has been involved with ELBA since 1996 and was vice-president for a year.
Browne is also a member of the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club and is the founding member and treasurer of the East Lincoln Political Action Committee.
He is expected to return home by the beginning of next week.
by Amy Wadsworth