Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

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.

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.

Meet Ellie Whelan, Heart Patient

Ellie WhelanEllie 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.

Right Side Up

Bruce Evans, Sussex, WI– 52 at time of event (2014)

Saved at the Mall of America

Jamie LaLonde at Mall of AmericaMy 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.

We Have to Count on Each Other

Beverly Buxareo, Pittsburgh, PA – 50 at time of event (2010)

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