SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Over 325,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and a man from Tea credits his coworkers for saving his life two months ago. He went into a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at work and fortunately his coworkers had the knowledge and necessary tools to help him. Now he’s on a mission to save others.
May 18 is a day Mike Broderick will never forget.
“I remember saying to myself stand up, stand up, and when I did, that’s the last thing that I remember,” says Broderick as he recalls his cardiac arrest.
Mike suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, where his heart suddenly stopped pumping blood to the rest of his body. He says he was clinically dead and he had to be revived by paramedics with an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, to get his heart beating again.
“And typical only five to six percent survive and I was one of the lucky five or six percent,” says Broderick.
Mike’s coworker Seth Lubbers was working that day when he says he heard a loud noise. He called out Mike’s name and when he didn’t respond, Seth rushed over.
“I get around the corner and I see Mike laying there, essentially lifeless,” says Lubbers.
Mike credits his coworkers for calling 911 and being there to do CPR until help arrived. He also owes his life to that AED in the ambulance. He says he’s had an irregular heartbeat since he was 26 but never thought his life would be in danger.
“They always said maybe something would happen, but after 32 years, you don’t think about it and it just came out of the blue,” says Broderick.
He’s now made it his mission to encourage more people to learn hands-only CPR. Mike is also raising money to buy 100 AED’s for the Sioux Falls metro area– to make sure businesses and workplaces have them.
“Those two things; you can save a life and you can save someone, who’s suffering from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” says Broderick.
Mike says he’s grateful to be alive and to share his close call…