LOS ANGELES, CA--A man who nearly died when he got overheated during the Los Angeles Marathon said during an emotional reunion with his rescuers today that he feels like the luckiest person in the world to be alive.
Jode Lebeda, 28, was running the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon March 9 when he went into cardiac arrest at mile 20 in West Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Lebeda, who was running the race to check off an item on his bucket list, said he nearly died.
"Going down where I went down and having that immediate support -- within 60 seconds I had able, capable hands working on me to revive me," Lebeda said. "One hundred feet one way or the other, and I wouldn't be here today."
He thanked the number of paramedics and the medical team that saved his life.
"It makes you want to go buy a lottery ticket almost," Lebeda said.