In March, when I had just returned to the hospital after surgery, my husband and I were visiting my daughter’s room, when suddenly I heard a doorbell.
As we walked into the room, I could see it was a young woman, wearing a purple dress and heels.
She was sitting at the front of the bed.
She said, “Are you ok?”
I was shocked.
I was terrified.
I looked over at my husband, who was lying on the floor.
I thought, How could I have missed her?
My husband was still alive, and he was not breathing.
I didn’t know what to do.
She told me to call 911.
But I said, No, I don’t want to get in trouble.
That’s what she said.
She looked me in the eyes and said, You’re not supposed to call, I’m a nurse and I can’t call 911, but I want to make sure that you’re OK.
And she asked, Are you a nurse?
And I said Yes.
And then she started to tell me about CPR.
She explained CPR, how it works, how to breathe properly, what’s wrong with your heart.
I remember being terrified and thinking, This is going to be scary, this is going the wrong way, and then I remember thinking, I’ll be ok.
That was the most wonderful thing that I had ever seen, in my entire life.
I started CPR, and it saved my life.
The next day, when my husband came to the emergency room to visit me, I got out of bed and went to get the oxygen machine.
She put the machine in my hand, and I was able to breathe.
That is the miracle that I am fortunate to have.
I can never thank her enough.
The hospital staff, they are really supportive.
We talk to them on a regular basis.
She helped us in a lot of ways, and she is such a strong person, that she is able to do this.
I would not have been able to get this job without her.
I want everyone to know how much you are supporting me, and how important you are to me.
I hope I can get to thank her one day for her incredible efforts.