Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

Seven Lifeguards, Including a Future EMT, Unite to Save a Life

Politics may make strange bedfellows, as the saying goes, but they have nothing on the diverse pairings sometimes seen when cardiac arrest occurs.

On June 27, 2015, 40-year-old seasoned professional, James Ross (J.R.) Bourne, was “kicking around” a soccer ball with his friend, Luis Sanchez, on Jacksonville Beach, Fla. when he suddenly collapsed in the sand.

His next recollection, J.R. says, is someone shouting, ‘we have a pulse,” then, ‘oh wait we don’t,’ although he is not sure if those were actual shouts or his mind playing tricks on him during the event.

It Really Helps to Be Around People Who Know About CPR and How to Use a Defibrillator

If Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes, there are worse places for it to happen than the environment in which Gary Schiller, MD, found himself on December 6, 2015.

Gary was attending the national meeting of The American Society of Hematologists in Orlando, Florida, when, during a 5K race, he experienced “chest pains, loss of power and breathing problems.”  The last thing he remembers before losing consciousness is being asked by a colleague if he was able to get up. When there was no response to that question, his fellow medical professionals went to work administering CPR while another colleague retrieved an automated external defibrillator from the conference center and revived the 56-year-old, trim, athletic Schiller.

17 Years and Thriving

This week, Henry Jampel, MD, celebrated the 17th anniversary of his resuscitation at breakfast in Baltimore with two of his rescuers, David Brown, MD and Allan Krumholtz, MD, and other friends. On May 16th, 2000, at the age of 44, and seven months after completion of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii, Henry had a cardiac arrest in the shower after a swim workout. After 27 minutes of CPR by four fellow swimmers, who all happened to be physicians, he was successfully defibrillated, a striking example of the exception that disproves the rule.

Survivor Pays It Back...10 Years Later

Alan Langman, Marc Goyette and Tim Dewhurst have been playing soccer together recreationally for more than 10 years.

The trio plays year round on 40-50 fields throughout the Puget Sound area so when the three of them prepared to play a game on Sept. 22 at Hartman Park in Redmond, things were no different.

But about 30 minutes into the game, Goyette saw Langman go down. Langman's knees buckled and when he fell, Goyette said he did nothing to protect himself, so he knew something was wrong.

Knowing the Signs and Reducing the Risk

Steve Englert’s link to Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a bit different from others featured on this site. Steve is not a survivor. He has not suffered an SCA.  He has not had to be rescued by heroes with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or an automated external defibrillator (AED.) Steve got involved with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation because of his risk of SCA.

I Had the Sensation of Being Sucked Into the Earth

Bruce Benda, Pittsburgh, PA–52 at time of event (2014)

The old saw ‘ignorance is bliss’ applied when Hannah Benda, daughter of sudden cardiac arrest survivor Bruce Benda got word that her dad had suffered SCA at a golf outing at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Here Comes the Bride

PITTSBURGH, PA--A new bride who graduated from Peters Township High School kicked off her high heels while still wearing her wedding gown and revived a woman Saturday who was found unconscious on a Pittsburgh bench.

Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse at UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, said she revived the woman who was on a bench near Westin Convention Center on Liberty Avenue.

“That’s something I’ll never forget,” said Stroyne, who was walking at the time with her new husband, Andrew Nixon, from their wedding reception held at The Pennsylvanian at 1100 Liberty Ave.

“There’s no time off,” said the 2010 Peters graduate who was a tennis standout in high school.

Joe Farrell’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Story

Having experienced a near death experience of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) has significantly changed my life.  The description of my survival is based upon my wife’s recollection since I was suddenly stricken with SCA at a professional friend’s home in Rocklin, California seven years ago. I do not remember anything that happened when I suffered the SCA, nor do I remember the week prior to my SCA.

Thanks to a Complete Stranger, I Am Part of the Six Percent

Mark Kendall, Orlando, FL–46 at time of event (2015)
 
My name is Mark Kendall, I am a 46-year-old father of four and my cardiac arrest occurred on a hot 100 plus degree Florida afternoon on April 22, 2015 in the parking lot of a pizza restaurant. 
 
Without any warning at all, I went into cardiac arrest that day and collapsed onto the hot black asphalt where bystanders saw me go down and began to surr

Detour Dave Averts Sudden Cardiac Death

Dave Sandler, Owings Mills, MD–48 at time of event (2009)

Dave Sandler is a professional inspirational speaker.  He is the author of the new book “Taking a Detour.” Dave owns Detour Dave Inc., which delivers traffic information to the Baltimore/Washington area on WBAL Radio and 98 Rock. He also provides entertainment for weddings and other private affairs.

On August 9, 2009, I took the biggest detour of my life. I died that day, but God was not ready to take me.

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