Greer man's near-death experience caught on tape - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Greer man's near-death experience caught on tape

Surveillance footage shows the Gilliard collapse. (Source: Fairview Baptist Church) Surveillance footage shows the Gilliard collapse. (Source: Fairview Baptist Church)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Tony Gilliard said he is a regular at the pick-up basketball games at Fairview Baptist Church's gym in Greer, but a recent game could have easily been his last.

"I got a rebound, went down court, went to the basket and made a layup then jogged back down court," said Gilliard.

Moments later Gilliard fell lifeless to the floor from a heart attack. Witnesses said Gilliard didn't breathe or have a pulse for several minutes. Other players tried unsuccessfully to revive Gilliard using CPR.

It wasn't until one player used a defibrillator that Gilliard regained consciousness.

"I do remember seeing the lights, laying on my back and coming to," said Gilliard.

Pastor Eddie Leopard said the church recently purchased several defibrillators and placed them around the church.

"To me it's just a God thing," said Leopard. "I don't believe in accidents, that we just happen to have those devices at this time."

Leopard said the devices cost more than $500 and are easy to use.

Gilliard said he is now seeing a doctor for his heart and recovering from a head wound he received when he collapsed.

He said he is thankful for the defibrillator but more thankful for the players that saved him and who knelt and prayed at half court for him after he was carried away on an ambulance.

"That's the picture I want to carry away from this experience," said Gilliard.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • City frustrated with inconsistent mailing service

    City frustrated with inconsistent mailing service

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 11:23 PM EST2017-12-13 04:23:40 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 9:03 AM EST2017-12-13 14:03:57 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    For months the city of Hoxie has dealt with inconsistent mailing services with the U.S. Postal service in town.

    For months the city of Hoxie has dealt with inconsistent mailing services with the U.S. Postal service in town.

  • Soldier surprises kids at school

    Soldier surprises kids at school

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 10:15 PM EST2017-12-13 03:15:06 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-12-13 14:02:34 GMT
    (Source: Poplar Bluff Middle School via Facebook)(Source: Poplar Bluff Middle School via Facebook)

    A soldier in the Missouri Army National Guard surprised his fifth grader during an assembly on Dec. 8 in Poplar Bluff.

    A soldier in the Missouri Army National Guard surprised his fifth grader during an assembly on Dec. 8 in Poplar Bluff.

  • A-State Chancellor surprises graduate student who couldn't attend ceremony

    A-State Chancellor surprises graduate student who couldn't attend ceremony

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 10:23 PM EST2017-12-13 03:23:22 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 8:59 AM EST2017-12-13 13:59:51 GMT
    (Source: Arkansas State University via Facebook)(Source: Arkansas State University via Facebook)

    One student at Arkansas State University couldn't attend the graduation ceremony over the weekend, so Dr. Kelly Damphousse made a special delivery Tuesday.

    One student at Arkansas State University couldn't attend the graduation ceremony over the weekend, so Dr. Kelly Damphousse made a special delivery Tuesday.

Powered by Frankly