Gabriela Kuhni(Photo: Courtesy)
DENVER - February is American Heart Month. And one woman's story emphasizes the importance of living life to the
fullest because a heart problem can strike anyone.
Gabriela Kuhni, 54, is athletic and there is no history of heart problems in her family. But she went into cardiac arrest while out on her motorcycle in Denver.
"Sunny day, everything was fine and suddenly I could feel a pain from my hand up to my shoulder and to my heart, " says Kuhni. "And I thought this feels like a heart attack, and Interstate 25 was not a good place to crash the bike, so I took the next exit."
She says she doesn't remember much after getting off the highway, except feeling another pain. But she knows a Good Samaritan did the right thing.
"One third of the people who know CPR do it, and the person who saved my life, he or she was doing CPR on me, " says Kuhni . "And then the EMTs came and they couldn't use the AED because I had no pulse, so they had to use another machine to get my heart started again."
She had gone into cardiac arrest. Doctors aren't sure why she had the heart episode. Her tests checked out fine. But they did implant a defibrillator in case something else ever happens. She says she recovered quickly and is convinced it's because she's in good shape and lives a healthy lifestyle.
She says she had many angels watching her that day. And wishes she could say thank you to the Good samaritan for helping her.
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