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.
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.
Ellie Whelan, Petersburg, VA– 16 at time of event (2013)
In November 2013, young actress Ellie Whelan was performing in front of a packed auditorium at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology when she collapsed onstage. Audience members thought it was part of the act; then she didn’t get up. At the age of 16, she had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Bruce Evans, Sussex, WI– 52 at time of event (2014)
My name is Jamie LaLonde. I am 23 years old and at 18, I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while working in the Mall of America.
Beverly Buxareo, Pittsburgh, PA – 50 at time of event (2010)
Rob Hoadley, San Diego, CA – 41 at time of event (2011)
My name is Robert Hoadley and I am the Corporate Contract and Lease Administrator at Evans Hotels. To be frank, the mere fact that I am here at all today is truly a miracle.
On April 1, 2011, I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at work. I was 41-years-old and was training to join the U.S. Navy Reserves and in possibly the best physical condition of the last 20 years when, without warning, my heart stopped. I collapsed.
Ginnie Gick, Clarksville, MD – 43 at time of event (2010)
“Mommy is hurt!” yelled Ginnie Gick’s 5-year-old son. Her husband, Dan, who was running late to work, came bounding down the stairs to find Ginnie lying unresponsive. It was May 20, 2010, and Ginnie, age 43, wasn’t breathing.