After spending the night out with friends on September 3, 2016, Mike Miller and his girlfriend, Lyndsey Albright, went back to their house. The two sat down on their couch shortly after 11 o'clock, and that's when Miller started acting strange.
He first admitted to being exhausted to his girlfriend. He removed his glasses and started to crush them in his hand. Lyndsey called 911 because she thought he was having a seizure. She was told to start performing CPR at that point since he had stopped breathing.
Miller, who was 42 at the time, was having a rapid cardiac arrest, but Albright was unaware of this.
A week or so later, he was thinking about that very thing while he waited in line at Walgreens for a prescription.
Two Douglas County 911 dispatchers, Albright, Miller, and Norris Croom, deputy chief at Castle Rock Fire and Rescue, gathered in a room at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in May of the following year to reflect on the cooperation they believed saved Miller's life that evening.
The Castle Rock Fire Department recognized Katie Bowers, the dispatcher who guided Albright through CPR, Jerod Baertsch, the dispatcher who conveyed the call to emergency personnel, and the fire department's crew that responded to the location for their efforts in handling Albright's call.
A heart attack is not the same as a sudden cardiac arrest. It is a syndrome where the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other essential organs.
The majority of people who encounter sudden cardiac arrest pass away quickly, according to the National Institutes of Health. Although those with heart disease are more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest, it can also occur in otherwise healthy individuals without any known heart conditions.
He had never gone through anything like it before, according to Miller and Albright.
A person suffering from an abrupt cardiac arrest requires immediate attention. Having Bowers lead Albright through CPR over the phone was essential for her because she hadn't received CPR instruction in more than ten years.
Fortunately, Bowers was there to offer assistance and it would have turned out differently if she wasn't. That’s why it's important that the general population be trained in administering CPR. Medical professionals are required to take BLS certification and ACLS certification if they want to continue to practice their professions, they are even required to take up BLS renewal classes and ACLS renewal classes every two years. Those who have little or no medical training can take CPR classes tailored to them.
Albright was present to fill up the gaps. He was conscious and spoke with paramedics who had visited him four hours after being brought to the hospital.
Less than a week later, he returned home.
Regarding abrupt cardiac arrest, Croom stated that "some people recover swiftly." "It depends on when they're idle. It may take longer for a patient to recover if they have been unconscious for a longer period of time, haven't had a pulse, or haven't been breathing for a longer period of time."
10 minutes without a pulse in Miller's case, according to Croom, is too long.
Typically, brain death begins to occur in about eight minutes. The brain has not received oxygen since eight minutes in. CPR, which would have helped return oxygen to the brain, would have come into play at that point, according to Croom. In light of that, it's important to note that the 10-minute mark is an important one.
Although tests were unable to determine what caused Miller's cardiac arrest, he now has a pacemaker and an internal defibrillator in case it happens again.
Even though Miller makes fewer trips now, he and Albright are still ardent mountain bikers.
Miller claimed that although he is not entirely in the same physical condition as before, he still has his faculties. Miller generally joined in the conversation with fast jokes because of his memory lapses, which made everyone laugh and smile.
Although he is optimistic, he is unsure of how he should feel about his near-death experience.
He is aware of his gratitude for being alive. Having met his rescuers, whose humility he describes as "awe-inspiring," is another plus.
They hugged each other and started to part ways. Miller concluded by saying two final, simple words: