Survivor Stories
Meet local survivors of cardiac arrest.
“I was taking a martial arts class at Basalt Middle ... read more
Hector Vazquez, Survivor
“I’m a bit of a fitness nut, healthy eater, and... read more
“Undead Ed”, Survivor
“I suffered a cardiac arrest while at Little Annie’s... read more
Tom Clapper, Survivor

Hector Vazquez

I was taking a martial arts class at Basalt Middle School one March evening when I collapsed and hit the back of my head on the floor. I was told I was unconscious, not breathing and turned blue. I had suffered cardiac arrest. By standers jumped to action and can be credited with saving my life. A citizen began continuous chest compression CPR, while another by stander ran to the school office to retrieve the school’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED). With the help of a police officer that arrived on the scene the AED was used to shock my heart into a more normal rhythm. I am alive and well today because of the action by standers took before the ambulance arrived.