Runner thanks paradmedics who saved his life



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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- A man who collapsed near the finish line of the Statesman Capitol 10,000 met the paramedics who revived him after he went into cardiac arrest.

Kyle Cirac, 25, a law student at St. Mary's University in San Antonio shook hands and thanked the Austin/Travis County EMS workers, Bryan Green and Chad Stowe, who saved his life.

When Cirac went into cardiac arrest and passed out Sunday morning, Green and Stowe responded within seconds.

"I was just breathing really heavily, and started to get dizzy, and that's all I remember before going down," said Cirac.

When he didn't respond to chest compressions, they shocked his heart with an automated external defibrillator.

"You are clinically dead at that point. You are no longer circulating blood to your brain. You are not conscious. You are not breathing on your own," said Green. 

The paramedics say Cirac responded after the first shock.

"He was literally trying to sit up, and told us he wanted to finish the race because he was that close to the finish line," said Stowe.

Stowe and Green instead convinced Cirac to go to the hospital where doctors stabilized his heart.

Cirac is aware that he was born with a heart condition, but hadn't had any problems until Sunday. He says he ran more than 300 miles in the past few months, even competing in a couple of 5-Ks.

Tuesday morning after he was released from the hospital, Cirac thanked the men who saved his life.

"I feel so lucky you guys were there, or I might not be here otherwise," said Cirac.