Runner who collapsed during race meets nurses who saved his life

A Dallas man who collapsed and had a heart attack during at 5K met the nurses who happened to be running in the same race and save his life.

Kevin Franks doesn't remember much of anything about the Neon Knights 5k race he ran Oct. 1, because he dropped dead just more than half way through.

"Essentially what it was, was a heart attack. But what they describe it as is cardiac arrest,” Franks said.

He's back to life, thanks in part, to the nurses who were also competing in the race.

"As soon as we saw him fall, it's like did he fall?” said Sara Fleming. “We realized he didn't really brace his fall.... he's not breathing. I checked for a pulse and he didn't have a pulse."

The nurses who make up part of the ER staff at Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound entered as a group:  Fleming, Felicia Harding, Meredith Gautney and their colleague Matt Terbeek.

"I knew, alright, we're good. Let’s just assess and see what we can do to help," said Gautney.

What made the situation more puzzling was that Kevin has been an avid runner for years. The reunion on Thursday was the first since Oct. 1, when the nurses watched franks leave in an ambulance unable to predict if he would survive or not.

"Could've happened anytime, but it didn't. It happened where people could take care of me, who knew what to do and how to respond. I don't think that was an accident,” Franks said.

All of the nurses were elated for the outcome.

“Just to know something we just instantly jumped in an did, he gets to have a life. He gets to have a Christmas,” said Harding.

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