It’s estimated 325,000 adults fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. every year.
July 6 2016 started out as a normal day of work for Anne Carlino.
“I left the restaurant and that’s all I remember,” said Carlino.
Carlino has no memory of driving to the hospital, collapsing outside the ER, or the police officer who found her.
“He walked over to me and I took my last breath.”
That’s sudden cardiac arrest.
Carlino had no pulse. The police officer and ER staff worked to resuscitate her for 28 minutes.
“Typically those individuals have significant lack of oxygen to the brain, significant damage to the brain,” said Dr. Kenneth Fromkin, Interventional Cardiologist.
Despite the odds, Fromkin rushed Carlino into the Cardiac Cath Lab.
“I noticed that she was moving,” said Fromkin. “She was moving her arms and legs.”
Five days after emergency surgery to open up a blocked artery she woke up. Doctors say she was technically dead for more than 30 minutes but amazingly, she suffered no neurological deficits.
“This was definitely one of the most remarkable cases I’ve ever seen,” said Fromkin.
Carlino even got to thank her hero, Steve Barreto, the police officer who saved her life.
“I got to give him a great big hug and thank him,” she said. “I mean, it meant the world to me.”
July 6 2016 is Carlino’s new birthday.
“I’m starting all over again.”
Carlino was give a rare second chance at life.
Sudden cardiac arrest was caused by a blocked artery that caused a heart attack. But Doctor Fromkin says in most cases, it’s caused by an electrical disturbance that affects heart function and will cause sudden death unless emergency treatment is given immediately.
That’s why he says it’s so important for everyone to learn CPR.