16 minutes dead and a whole healthy life to live!
April 2015. I was running my 16th half marathon in Rio de Janeiro. Exceptionally, alone. Kilometer 17, running up. Feeling tired. Stopped running. Started walking. Alternating running and walking. Kilometer 19. My heart stopped while I was running, and I fell down with my face on the floor. Broken teeth. Behind me an unkown runner. A doctor. Cardiologist. He stopped running, checked my vital signs. Nothing. I was dead. Immediately he started the CPR. An ultra marathon runner called the mobile ICU in the race arrival. First defribillator shock. Nothing happened. Second defribillator shock. After 16 minutes, I opened my eyes and recovered consciouness. No health problems were found. I implanted an ICDl, for safety reasons and have a total normal life. I continue running and, this year, in 2018, I did my first marathon together with the cardilogist who saved my life. Learning how to apply the CPR is essential for everybody: it is simple and it can save thousands of lives!