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Marla Sewell

I drowned after a sudden cardiac arrest.

Late one evening after a weekend of marathon training and tennis tournaments, I began to feel uncomfortable and nauseous. So I decided to take a late bath before bed. Luckily, my husband woke up and decided to check on me. He found me lifeless and blue, under the water. I was clinically dead.

He immediately began CPR, and it brought me back to life. I started to breathe faintly, so my husband called 911. The EMTs took me to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas where they fought for my life over the next fivedays.

I had suffered an electrical malfunction of the cardiac muscle that strikes without warning. As an athletic person, I never expected something like this to happen to me. Now, I have an internal cardiac defibrillator to prevent it from happening again.

More than 90 percent of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest die. I credit my survival to my husband’s CPR training and the great team at Texas Health Dallas. Now, when I’m not running, I’m encouraging everyone to learn CPR. I am so thankful my husband learned it in high school. It saved my life that night.