In April 2020, Lisa Wiles was preparing supper in the kitchen when she heard her husband, Dan, yell a profanity from the other room.
She assumed it was because of the news. Nonetheless, she went to see how he was doing.
Dans' eyes were wide open and he was making obnoxious breathing noises. At first, Lisa assumed Johnny was choking.
She yelled at him to see if he responded, then dashed for the phone to dial 911. Dan had had trouble regulating his heart rate in the past few years, so she was worried.
The 911 operator recognized the sounds he was making and advised Lisa to begin CPR.
Dan, at 57, was having a heart attack. Lisa, who was 51 at the time, had received CPR instruction nearly two decades earlier. Lisa brought Dan to the floor and began compressions with the help of the 911 operator.
An officer from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department stormed into their home outside of Syracuse, New York, a few minutes later, and hooked up an automatic external defibrillator. They continued CPR until a second sheriff's officer came and relieved Lisa when the equipment revealed Dan's heart wasn't in a shockable beat.
After performing the CPR, Lisa grew exhausted.
Dan's heart was not in a shockable rhythm after a second attempt to use the AED. Then an ambulance arrived, and paramedics used their defibrillator on the patient. The machine indicated a shockable rhythm this time and delivered a shock. Dan's heart began to beat again thirteen minutes after it had stopped.
Dan motioned to Lisa as she entered, pointing to his chest and asking if she had performed CPR.
Dan began to cry after Lisa said yes. Dan was released after 5 days.
Dan had atrial fibrillation, and subsequently his heart went into ventricular tachycardia, an irregular rhythm in the bottom chambers of the heart, resulting in cardiac arrest.
Doctors implanted an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in his heart after his cardiac arrest to shock it if it goes into a life-threatening irregular rhythm again.