Women save man's life after he collapses at spin class

By Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter

HOUSTON - Two women saved a man’s life after he collapsed from a chronic heart condition at spin class.

Scott Corron said his 12-year-old daughter was at Ryde spin class in River Oaks to witness everything and first responders were battling traffic, but he was lucky.

"We’re gonna see who can ride to a mile first, throw your hand up when you get to a mile on your cyclometer, and I remember that song but I don’t remember the end," Corron said recalling his last memories before the collapse.

Corron's daughter, Camryn , was in the lobby doing her homework.

"It was really scary not knowing what was going on, and we looked in and there was my dad on the floor and I just freaked out," she said.

As extraordinary circumstances would have it, Alyssa Marcinak, a UT Health physician assistant at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, and Dr. Natasha Afonso, from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's, were both in his class.

"We did CPR a total of 15 minutes before the ambulance came," Afonso said.

The workout facility did not have an AED. The women, out of breath from a vigorous workout, started doing CPR.

"I was trying to get my heart rate down just from the spin class alone," Afonso said.

The results were as perfect as they could be.

"The best bystander CPR I’ve ever seen. We were able to hook him up to AED and he had spontaneous pulse right away," Julius Court, Houston Fire Department captain, said.

"If they see something happening they are very quick to jump in and assist, it’s just the type of people we hire and they are amazing," said Polina Strug, Memorial Hermann Hospital director of patient experience.

Scott has no doubt he owes them his life.

"I think it’s a miracle that God places people where they’re supposed to be sometimes when they’re supposed to be," Corron said.

According to the American Heart Association, bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims benefit from a bystander's knowledge because so few people are trained on how to do it.

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