Arizona Woman Fully Recovers After Being ‘Clinically Dead’ For 26 Minutes
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) – An Arizona woman is celebrating a second chance at life after being clinically dead for 26 minutes, reports KPHO-TV.
Debbie Biggles was working her usual shift Saturday morning at Kosmo’s Doghouse, a pet grooming service in Scottsdale.
“I remember preshaving a Golden-Doodle and I put it in the tub,” she told the station.
Co-workers saw her fall drop unconscious to the floor. “I saw her laying on the floor in the back corner,” said Chelsea Loucks. “She was like blue-purpleish.”
Biggles had no pulse and her breathing was shallow. Loucks started to administer CPR on Biggles, hoping she remembered the correct technique. chest compressions on Biggles, hoping she remembered how to properly administer CPR
And she sang the 1970′s Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive, which she learned to help deliver the right amount of chest compressions.
“Ha, ha, ha, ha … staying alive, staying alive,” Loucks said as she demonstrated what she had done.
“She’s my angel. She saved me,” Biggles said.
When Biggles was wheeled into the emergency room, Dr. Kurt Solem feared her chances of a full recovery were less than one percent.
“I can only describe it, with her being neurologically intact, a miracle, that’s it,” he told the station.
He calls it a miracle because this past weekend Biggles was clinically dead for 26 minutes.
“In fact, I wrote down [in her chart] the prognosis is grim and neurological damage was highly likely.”
Biggle’s boss, Kat Lange-Richards, was shaken by the incident, and promises to pay for all her employees to get CPR certification.
“We’ve recognized the value of knowing and having everyone know CPR because you never know when it can happen.”
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