She ran a 5K and had cardiac arrest the same morning; now she’s an EMT
As an emergency medical technician and CPR trainer, Nancy Capelle helps save lives.
Not long ago, she was the one in need of emergency care.
A week after turning 40, and only hours after running a 5-kilometer race, Nancy went into cardiac arrest in her kitchen. An irregular heartbeat and a blockage left her dead for about 30 seconds. Paramedics revived her, and she’s back to full strength.
Nancy and her husband later donated a chest compression system to the hospital, and she began volunteering with the American Heart Association. She left a high-stress job and became an EMT with the Wilton (Conn.) Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and has started a business, Cardiac Companion, to teach basic lifesaving skills such as CPR and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
“I’m dedicating the second part of my life to saving lives,” she said.
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