Woman: EMTs saved my life

LAKEWOOD – A metro woman says she was stubborn when paramedics wanted to take her to the hospital, but the move saved her life.

Dana Carr was working at her desk at a Lakewood doctor's office in January, when she felt a sudden pain in her chest that felt like a pulled muscle.

"Everything was dizzy," Carr said.

Her colleagues at the doctor's office called 911. When paramedics arrived, Carr says she didn't want to go to the hospital.

"I think I argued with them," she said. "I think I said no leave me alone I'm fine. I think I tried to get up. I tried to walk it off. And I kept collapsing."

The paramedics acted quickly, getting Carr to a nearby hospital in moments. There, doctors realized she was having a heart attack caused by a rare condition known as Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). It caused a wall of Carr's heart to tear.

Carr said she needed three shunts in her heart and has felt better since. Her surgeon told her the quick actions of first responders prevented the need for open heart surgery.

"Most SCAD survivors aren't survivors," Carr said. "They're in the grave."

She credits those first responders for saving her life. And she wants a chance to thank them in person.

"I'm alive because of them and I think that they need to know that they did a great job," Carr said.

She will get an opportunity to meet those paramedics later this week during a ceremony at a West Metro Fire Rescue station.


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