My survivor story

My name is Sarah Taffet and I am a SCA survivor. On October 3, 2021 I was playing a softball game when my whole life changed. I hit the ball to the first basemen and as I was running, she was running towards me and tagged me in my chest. I felt okay and got up and started running off the field. After feeling like the wind got knocked out of me and starting to lose control of my body, I knew… Read More


“I am LIVING PROOF CPR saves lives. I was six months away from being commissioned into the Navy Reserves and 41 years old. I was attending a meeting with my construction manager, Tom Farley, when I collapsed. Tom caught me by my throat and put me on the ground. He began CPR immediately and continued until EMS arrived and delivered the first shock at eight minutes. I received five total shocks,… Read More

The train comes through

By Wendell Whitney Thorne On the morning of December 12, 2018, I had a Widowmaker heart attack. It’s called the “Widowmaker” because a) it happens mostly to men and b) it affects either the Left Anterior Descending artery or the Left Coronary artery, each of which supplies blood to a great portion of the heart. When it doesn't get that blood, it dies and takes you with it. True to its… Read More

My life was taken away so I could take it back

I am not the same person I was before October 10, 2020. Wednesday, October 7, 2020, my dog and furbaby, Mr. Big, passed away unexpectedly. Little did I know in three days, my heart would, literally, break. Saturday, October 10, 2020, I was out at a farm, two hours from home, arriving at the pumpkin patch when out of nowhere my chest and left arm went into excruciating pain. My husband called… Read More

My older brother becomes a kid after survival

My older brother is only 32-years-old. He has been my hero my whole life. He had a cardiac arrest about three weeks ago at home. The people around him didn't know how to perform a CPR so he got the proper medical aid only after ~10-15 minutes. The heartbeat was restored about 30 minutes after that. Being in a deep coma after three days, his eyes opened and his breath became normal. After two… Read More

Learning each day

I am the wife of an SCA Survivor. My husband had cardiac arrest about 8 weeks ago. He was life lighted with a very weak pulse to the heart hospital a few hours away. After 24 hours of cooling blanket time, lots of prayers, and a lot of meds, he woke up the next day when they warmed him up again. He now has an ICD/Pacemaker. After some time in Rehab to help strengthen him, he has returned home and… Read More

Not yet

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at approximately 3:40 in the afternoon, I was at work, not in my office but in the main hallway. If I had been in my office they still may not have found me. I was talking to a member of my team, when I started to get dizzy. I started to stumble around and then ran forward straight into a door frame. I fell to the floor and several team members came and stood around… Read More

I survived Sudden Cardiac Arrest, yet it took 13 Years to attest

Hello, my name is Angel and I would love to help spread awareness of cardiac arrest, for I too was ignorant about what had happened to me after being beat up and beat in the face (left eye area) over and over again. I never went to the hospital, and it took me 13 years to realize that the gasping noises a witness was talking about that I was making when unconscious from the blows to the head....… Read More

Narrative from a survivor's daughter

I remember the night my mother died. On March 10, 2020, my mother was as organized, and detail-oriented as ever. She laid out her work clothes and put her work materials by the door. Our entire household week was entered into a calendar. Believe me when I say my mother was her usual self--too much for a 7th grader. At 2am I woke up to my father screaming "I'M TELLING YOU IT'S NOT WORKING!!" into… Read More

A boy born to unknown futures

A boy born to unknown futures I was so tiny, my first bed was a dresser drawer; my size though was a red flag to bigger concerns. At 6:55 a.m. on August 25th, 1961 in Albany, OR. my parents heard me for the first time. The joy filled smiles that greet every parent, were present on their faces as well. For them, I was round two, my big brother arrived 2 years earlier. My Apgar score was alright… Read More