Woman Who Survived Cardiac Arrest Thanks Her Rescuers

RYAN MAYE HANDY, The Gazette

In the early morning of July 5, 2011, Sara Johnson lay on the floor of her bathroom clinically dead. The 29-year-old’s heart was about as useless and inert as a bowl of jelly.

Minutes before, she had collapsed. Her husband heard her fall and when he couldn’t get her up, he called 911.

About 6:30 a.m., the four men of the Colorado Springs Fire Department’s Engine 17 paramedic team got a call for a “fall patient.” They drove up to the Johnson’s house without lights or sirens, not expecting they had a cardiac-arrest patient on their hands.

 

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