DuWayne Loecher

While working as a nurse in a small town clinic, it was a usual day when at 3:00 pm I collapsed at the nurse's station and had a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 47. Three of my coworkers started performing CPR and used the defibrillator nine times before I had a pulse or began to breathe. The rescue squad and paramedics, along with the cardiologist, told me I was not breathing and did not have a pulse for 20 to 30 minutes.

I cannot recall the first three days, but do remember waking up in a large city hospital in ICU. I now have a pacemaker and defibrillator.

My wife and I want to thank my coworkers forever for saving my life. My story has been printed in three city newspapers. They also have received the Aurora star award, the highest award that this clinic can give to anyone for saving my life.

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