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Bystander Performs CPR and Saves Woman's Life

A flight attendant is alive thanks to the quick actions of those around her.

She collapsed and within in seconds, her brother-in-law began CPR.

It's a story of survival with a lesson for all of us.

"This is supposed to be a great vacation!" said Dahn Schmitt, a Delta flight attendant visting from Minnesota.

She was at her sister's home in Melissa on Sunday when she suddenly collased from cardiac arrest.

Her brother-in-law Mike Rose was alerted to the emergency by his wife's screams.

"She was a completely blue and cold, really cold," said Rose.

Rose isn't a medical professional but he did learn CPR back in his 20s.

He's never used it but instinct kicked in.

"I went in to give her CPR and I blew... and the left side of her lung, it was like a balloon, and it just opened up and she started to gurgled and her eyes... batted a little bit," said  Rose.

"Bystander CPR was essential because for every minute you don't have CPR, you basically lose 10 percent chance of leaving the hospital in a meaningful way," said Dr. Dale Yoo, a Medical City McKinney cardiologist.

He says Schmitt is alive and almost fully recovered because of Rose's CPR.

Bystanders are often first responders, which is a saying Schmitt's heard plenty of times before as a flight attendant.

"I'm glad that I have to do the training every year, even though I don't want to use it, but I think everyone should learn it, definitely," she said. "I'm amazed to be here. I feel like I'm a miracle."

She'll go home from the hospital soon to enjoy vacation with a new outlook on life and as proof that a simple technique that's easy to learn does save lives.

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