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Local woman lives to talk about the silent killer

Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 17, 2020

WADSWORTH, Ohio — Heart disease is the number one killer of men, women and children around the globe, according to the American Heart Association.

February is Heart Month, a time when the American Heart Association educates Americans about heart disease.

While working at Akron Children's Hospital in 2006, Christi Nelson collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

She went 62 minutes without a heartbeat and received 13 shocks with an AED.

Nelson had several people walk by her and leave her not knowing what to do in an emergency.

In 2018, she suffered a rare type of heart attack and survived.

“The fact that I’m here and I don’t have any brain damage and I can sit and talk to you about what happened to me, it’s a miracle,” said Nelson.

Nelson survived the silent killer and talks about her experiences to educate others about the importance of CPR.

“I had two severe heart conditions that most people don’t survive either one,” said Nelson. “Hopefully, my story will save somebody else’s life."

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