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Living with Dying

Peter Fodera and his daughter, Juliana

One year ago, on Valentine’s Day 2020, Peter Fodera’s heart broke. It stopped working. He collapsed in the middle of teaching a dance class. Someone performed CPR, someone called an ambulance. EMT’s showed up and couldn’t revive him. Everyone believed they had just witnessed the death of their favorite teacher. But later at the hospital, Peter’s heart started beating again.

On the anniversary of Peter’s brush with death, he sat down with his daughter Juliana who has Noonan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. While Peter’s experience may seem miraculous to some of us, it doesn’t to Juliana. She’s nearly died 21 times.

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