Woman Who Survived Cardiac Arrest Thanks Her Rescuers


In the early morning of July 5, 2011, Sara Johnson lay on the floor of her bathroom clinically dead. The 29-year-old’s heart was about as useless and inert as a bowl of jelly.

Minutes before, she had collapsed. Her husband heard her fall and when he couldn’t get her up, he called 911.

About 6:30 a.m., the four men of the Colorado Springs Fire Department’s Engine 17 paramedic team got a call for a “fall patient.” They drove up to the Johnson’s house without lights or sirens, not expecting they had a cardiac-arrest patient on their hands.


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