“I’d say she went a good five to six minutes without a heartbeat,” Julia’s husband Norman said after hearing a ‘thump’ and finding her unresponsive on the floor. Keith and another first responder arrived to the scene as quickly as they could.
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Unfortunately, when Julia’s body was warmed to normal temperature, she did not show any significant improvement. Her prognosis was extremely poor and the odds of her regaining any neurologic function was essentially zero. Amazingly, she’s overcoming the odds and is now able to squeeze hands, walk and talk. She still has some memory blocks and is tired, but is doing alright – major thanks to early resuscitation efforts administered by Norman, Keith and his fellow first responder.
Each year, an estimated 300,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest – more than car crashes, firearms, house fires, AIDS, and breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined. What’s more, this top killer can strike anyone, at any age, even without warning. Take Heart
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August 05, 2010