I had an SCA Sept 25, 2010. A day I will always remember, thankfully, from the stories of others. I have only to go by what I was told by others at the time. Apparently I said I feel faint and walla was dead. My husband and nephew were in the process of getting my body out of my truck when my son, whose birthday it was and thankfully is a paramedic, arrived and started CPR, who knew that 37 years ago when I gave birth to my son, he would then bring life back to me 37 years later... As soon as he stopped all pulses and heart beats stopped again. Waiting for the ambulance he just kept on with CPR and when the other paramedic and EMT arrived they used the AED. Again I did not maintain a heartrate but they loaded me into the ambulance and continued shocking me. After the 3rd shock they were able to keep my heartrate and with the intubation was taken to ER. Ended up in ICU on a medically induced coma and placed on ice for approx a day and a half. From what I heard they weren't sure what brain function I would have upon waking up as I had been without oxygen somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes. Like others I have some short term memory loss and many other emotions that I would like to share and have a connection with others. I had a defibrilator implant and since had 1 more SCA and was alone and without the shock would not be here today.
My son took a video of me while in my coma and showed my heart rate rising when people I love would touch me and talk to me and then more video after coming out of my coma. I have to say I am grateful to have the short video but it is rather difficult to view with the patient being myself.
Whoever feels moved to reach out to me and continue a conversation and sharing your experience I would value and appreciate it more than you know.