Ercan was fighting fit, a fireman, a regular gym-goer with the physique to prove it. 

One day he felt something "pop" in his chest while he was working out in the gym. He didn't think much of it but, over the next six months, he became progressively breathless as the aortic dissection he had suffered in the gym that day progressed and caused heart failure. 

Ercan was one of the lucky ones, those who survive the acute event without surgery; he underwent major surgery to correct the problem and will soon be back at work...putting out fires.