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Share Your Story: Sally Sharp

by Christy D. on Monday, June 10, 2013

Sally Sharp Missouri

I died on January 19, 2011.  My story begins on a typical school day...nothing was out of the ordinary and the day was going according to plan.  Then, that all changed.  I was sitting in my classroom beginning to eat lunch with some of my co-workers.  Things began to go terribly wrong.  I felt myself falling to the floor, with no prior warning signs.  None of my fellow teachers knew CPR so one of them ran out of the room in search of the head school nurse.  She came running into my room and started administering CPR on me to get my heart started again. 

The school nurse's quick thinking along with other life-saving procedures, started my heart beating again.  I was transported by ambulance the hospital where I spent the next five days for extensive testing to find out the cause.  It has since been diagnosed and under control.  I have lost 63.8 pounds since October 8, 2011. I strongly support the American Heart Association's initiative to teach CPR to students and I hope my story inspires you and others to live heart-healthy.