Aug 16
cgoldenberg , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

16 minutes dead and a whole healthy life to live!

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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!


  • AHAASAKatie

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Your story is so wonderful and a great testament to CPR!  I would like to put you in touch with our Communications team for a possible blog about this. Could you email me at Thanks Katie 

  • adelan1956

    You are truly blessed , a cardiologist..... close by...a miracle! God bless you and thank you for sharing your wonderful story 

  • yarn007

    Wow!  What an inspiring story.   Amazing is all I can say.   Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • MidwestKim

    Awesome  story! Thanks for sharing. You were truly blessed to have a cardiologist right behind you. Glad you're able to get back to your normal life; and to run a marathon with the doctor that saved you. Congratulations, and keep on runnin'!

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