JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man thanks the NEA Baptist Wellness Center for saving his life.
David Busby collapsed from a heart attack Thursday while working out at the gym.
Busby said he thought he was in good health. He was an avid runner who worked out often.
He did not think something like this would happen to him, but he is glad he was in the gym when it did.
"It is definitely worth it to be at the gym and train inside the gym, where you have all the facilities and all the care that you need in case something happens," Busby said. "It can happen to anyone."
Busby said he had some shortness of breath and a slight pain in his jaw, but he thought it was just his asthma acting up.
He used his inhaler before getting on the treadmill and that is when things got worse.
Busby blackout and collapsed while running.
Trainer Sarahbeth Brown was with a client behind Busby when she saw his legs starting to drag on the treadmill.
Brown rushed to his aid when he fell and called for a nurse.
NEA nurse Ashley House happen to be in the gym at the time and assisted Brown in the rescue.
The women used an automated external defibrillator on Busby and provided CPR until the paramedics arrived.
Paramedics took Busby to the hospital where doctors saw he had 95% blockage in his heart.
Doctors did surgery on Busby to put a stent in.
He said he could not thank these two women enough for saving his life.
"I had my first granddaughter Monday, and I have not even held her yet, so thanks to these two I will be able to hold my granddaughter," Busby said.
Busby also said he is thankful for the training and equipment the center provides.
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