People taking action to help save a stranger’s life is important.
Those strangers knowing how to perform CPR was lifesaving.
It was a series of perfectly orchestrated events that allowed this Grateful Heart to share his story.
Last August, Steve Regier came home early to go for a run.
In the middle of a kitchen remodel, he couldn’t use his treadmill so he decided to head outside for his jog.
That was just the first decision that helped save his life that day.
“I don’t remember the event at all,” says Steve Regier. “I remember leading up to it but nothing after that.”
A couple miles into his run in College Hill, Steve waved at a neighbor working in his yard. And then collapsed in the middle of the street.
“I waved at Steve as he jogged by, I looked up 2 minutes later, and he was laying in the street and a girl was standing over him with her cell phone out,” explains Cooper Phillips.
“I had stopped at the intersection at Fountain and English,” says Amanda Carillo. “When I looked over to check traffic, I noticed this man in the middle of the road.”
“I ran down there and realized he didn’t have a pulse, started CPR while Amanda got ahold of EMS,” Cooper goes on to explain.
Finally, an ambulance arrived and got Steve to Wesley Medical Center where his wife Marilyn so happens to work.
She got a call about what happened and a co-worker took her down to see Steve.
“Right then, I started thinking as a wife and not a nurse, and I didn’t really think about all the tubes and everything going into him,” says Marilyn.
Steve didn’t know at the time, but he had been dealing with a case of pneumonia.
He had taken an over the counter medicine containing ephedrine and his cardiologist thinks that combination with the heat and exercise put Steve into cardiac arrest.
“They kept him very sedated and tried to keep him in as much of a medically induced coma or sedated as much as possible,” Marilyn says.
“The odds of somebody surviving a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital are very small – they’re in the 0-5 percent range, even smaller for someone to survive and have no neurological damage,” Steve says.
Steve now has a defibrilator inside his chest, just in case this were to happen again.
He lives his life with no restrictions and still occasionally goes for a run – though he watches his heart rate.
He and his family call Cooper, Amanda and their families friends.
“Everyday is a blessing at this point, I mean I wouldn’t have been able to see my son graduate, I wouldn’t have been able to see my daughter graduate college. All those things, my wife of 32 years I wouldn’t have seen her anymore,” says Steve.
“You don’t think about the impact you can have on someone’s life just by taking action and doing something when you see someone in that kind of a situation,” reflects Cooper.
“I can’t pay Cooper and Amanda for what they did. So I try and do nice things for other people and think of what they’ve done for us,” Marilyn adds.
Medical experts say chest compressions are key.
They keep the oxygen already in the blood moving through the body.
Calling 911 will get a dispatcher to help walk you through the steps.