Bryce Shilling was just off the finish line of the Cowtown Marathon, which was in cardiac arrest in May.
“I remember the finish line was right there, and it’s gone,” Schilling said.
Today he lives thanks to people like registered nurse John Sims who took action when Shilling collapsed.
Sims, director of Safer Care Texas at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, said:
On Sunday, Schilling reunited with the people who saved his life. The 27-year-old Lubbock man met them at the place where he marked the official finish line of the marathon.
He was presented with a banner labeled “Survivor” signed by doctors, nurses, MedStar paramedics, and others who helped rescue him.
“If we weren’t here, we wouldn’t have been here today,” Schilling said in tears.
Dr. Justin Martin, an interventional cardiologist at Texas Health Resources in Fort Worth, praised the first responders who helped reopen Schilling’s heart.
“By the time he arrived at the hospital, all the work had been done, so he woke up, talked, was coherent, and his vital signs were stable. He was breathing himself. “Martin said.
With a second chance in life, Schilling realized that he wanted to share it with his girlfriend. He suggested Saturday, and she said so.
Schilling also said Cowtown was his first and last marathon. He is currently planning to be CPR certified.