After his daughter’s early arrival put him in the hospital, a California father credits his newborn daughter for saving his life.

“[Juliette] saved me, and I will be her sentinel and guardian as long as I can,” Jonathan Cedillo told KTLA. “She was born a month early. It was like, ‘I’ve got to get out of here so I can save my daddy.'”

According to KTLA, Cedillo began to feel a shooting pain in his shoulder early last month. At the time, he thought his pain was from a previous wrestling accident, and he had no idea he was having a heart attack.

According to a press release from Riverside Community Hospital (RCH), the incident happened on Oct. 10, just three days after Cedillo’s fiancée, Vanessa Sandoval, gave birth to their one-month premature newborn.

On that day, Cedillo, of Jurupa Valley, arrived at the hospital to pick up Sandoval and their daughter. Suddenly, “a terrible pain in his chest” forced him to lie down in the extra bed in Sandoval’s room, the release reads.

“He lost consciousness briefly and Vanessa’s nurse, Brittney, knew something was wrong,” RCH said, adding that Cedillo also had “shallow” breathing, and stopped “breathing for a few seconds altogether” before nurses brought him to the emergency room.

“Had Jonathan not been at the hospital when this occurred, he would have had permanent heart damage, or worse,” RCH added, noting that his clogged artery was eventually cleared, and a stent was implanted.

Speaking about the fateful incident, his fiancée, Vanessa Sandoval, said, “He probably would’ve passed away the house, possibly by himself or even later that night.

“It was very scary, and then to be told that he’s in the ER and he’s having heart attacks and he has been having heart attacks [due to a] 100% blockage, it’s a good thing he was at the hospital when he was having his major heart attack,” Sandoval went on.

As The Press-Enterprise reported, on Monday, Oct. 25, he came to thank the nurses and staff at RCH for recognizing his symptoms and treating him.

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