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February 14, 2018 | Mysti Jordan
Imagine collapsing to the ground after a heart attack and dying on the spot. That’s George’s story. He was walking along the sidewalk when suddenly he went into cardiac arrest and fell. His heart stopped before he ever hit the ground, and he was dead for a total of 28 minutes by the time the whole incident was over.
He was fortunate, though, in that he collapsed in front of CHAMP Homes, Inc, which is a faith-based homeless shelter. A man named Austin was inside the building having coffee when he heard someone scream for help outside. When he rushed out, he saw George on the ground. Austin had JUST been given CPR training at CHAMP mere days before, and he put it to good use. He ran over to George and started giving him chest compressions while someone called 911. He worked on him for ten minutes, and that’s when the ambulance got there.
They found out that George had suffered a heart attack commonly called “the widow maker,” because people so rarely survive it. But after 18 more minutes of CPR and defibrillator shocks, they were able to get his heart going again. They attribute it to Austin’s CPR, and they said had he not done that, there’s no way they would have been able to get him back.
As a thank you to Austin for what he did, George’s family has started a GoFundMe to raise money to help him get back on his feet.