Wife dies in Texas shooting, husband dies of broken heart syndrome

“I don’t even know what I’m feeling right now. I can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe that Joe Garcia is dead.” John Martinez – grandson of Irma Garcia shared.

Irma and her husband Joe Garcia have been married for 24 years. They have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

Mr. Garcia, 50, visited his wife’s memorial on the morning of May 26 to lay flowers. Not long after returning home, he suddenly collapsed.

“When he got home, he sat down on a chair and collapsed. They tried chest compressions but it didn’t work. An ambulance came but they couldn’t do anything.” Martinez said, saying the “pain doesn’t stop” for the family.

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Joe Garcia and his wife Irma Garcia. (Photo: Twitter)

Doctors said Joe appeared to have died of “broken heart” syndrome, also known as stress cardiomyopathy, which is common in cases of extreme stress. Here, Joe may have been overstressed by the sudden death of his wife.

Unlike people who have had a regular heart attack, which is caused by a blockage in an artery, people with this syndrome suddenly release stress hormones that prevent their heart from contracting normally.

“What is described as a typical case of broken heart syndrome“, said Dr. Deepak Bhatt from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Mr. Bhatt added that broken heart syndrome usually doesn’t happen immediately. In some cases, it comes a day or two after the horrifying news the patient receives.

“It can happen when a person realizes, ‘Maybe a loved one has passed away. They really won’t come back’. That seems to be what happened’, Mr. Bhatt said.

Irma Garcia was one of two female teachers killed in a shooting in Texas on May 24.

Christian Garcia, Irma’s son, said that a friend of his in law enforcement who was at the scene said he saw the female teacher shielding the students during the massacre.

Meanwhile, Martinez said that after authorities stormed inside the classroom after the shooting, they found the body of Irma, who was still clutching the children until she took her last breath.

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