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After his dog, wife and daughter helped to save him, a cardiac arrest survivor lives life to the fullest

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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After his dog, wife and daughter helped to save him, a cardiac arrest survivor lives life to the fullest

Avery, the couple’s daughter, did CPR by herself for seven minutes before paramedics got Brad’s heart back in rhythm.

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Updated: 1:27 PM PDT May 13, 2024

SO THAT’S AMAZING. ALL RIGHT JASON THANK YOU. WELL, EVERY YEAR MORE THAN 350,000 PEOPLE SUFFER CARDIAC ARREST OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL. 90% OF THEM DIE BECAUSE OF IT. HOWEVER, KCCI ETHAN HUMBLE SPOKE WITH ONE WEST DES MOINES MAN WHO DEFIED THE ODDS AND IS CONTINUING TO LIVE HIS LIFE TO THE FULLEST. BRAD FELDMAN NEVER SHIES AWAY FROM NEW ADVENTURES. EVERY TOY THAT I HAVE, EVERY MOTORCYCLE THAT I BUILT, I LIKE BUILDING CUSTOM MACHINES. BUT ONE NIGHT LAST JUNE, HE NEARLY LOST EVERYTHING. IT GIVES YOU ANOTHER APPRECIATION FOR LIFE IS WHAT IT DOES WHEN YOU COME THAT CLOSE TO DYING. HE WENT TO BED AFTER A DAY OF JET SKIING AND RANDOMLY WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST. THE FAMILY DOG, JAX, REALIZED SOMETHING WAS WRONG AND WOKE UP. ALICIA, BRAD’S WIFE. SHE CALLED 911, AND THE COUPLE’S 18 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, AVERY, GOT TO WORK. AVERY DID CPR FOR SEVEN MINUTES BY HERSELF, WITH THE DISPATCHER COUNTING IN MOMENTS LATER. ONE SHOCK FROM THE PARAMEDICS DEFIBRILLATOR GOT BRAD’S HEART BACK IN RHYTHM. EVERYTHING HAPPENED THE WAY THAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO BE OR SIT HERE AND TALK TO YOU TODAY. HE’S BEEN GOING TO APPOINTMENTS, CHECKING UP ON HIS HEART SINCE, AND NOW BRAD IS THE AMBASSADOR FOR THIS YEAR’S CENTRAL IOWA HEART WALK. HE SAYS HE’S EXCITED TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING LIFE SAVING MEASURES. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW CPR BECAUSE IT IS JUST THAT IMPORTANT. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY IN A SPLIT SECOND, AND SOMEBODY NEEDS TO BE THERE TO BE ABLE TO HELP THEM OUT. IT’S BEEN ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR BRAD BECAUSE AVERY KNEW CPR. HE’S BEEN ABLE TO EMBARK ON NEW ADVENTURES EVERY DAY, SOMETHING I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO IS JUMP OUT OF A PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE. SO HE TOOK ME SKYDIVING BECAUSE HE’S ONLY CONTINUING TO LIVE HIS LIFE AT FULL THROTTLE. NOTHING’S GOING TO STOP ME. NOPE, NOPE. I WANT TO LIVE IT TO ITS ABSOLUTE FULLEST IN WEST DES MOINES. ETHAN HUMMEL

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After his dog, wife and daughter helped to save him, a cardiac arrest survivor lives life to the fullest

Avery, the couple’s daughter, did CPR by herself for seven minutes before paramedics got Brad’s heart back in rhythm.

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Updated: 1:27 PM PDT May 13, 2024

One man is sharing his story of surviving cardiac arrest largely thanks to his fast-acting family and dog.Brad Feldman of West Des Moines, Iowa, is the ambassador of the American Heart Association’s annual Central Iowa Heart Walk.In 2023, Brad went to bed after a day of jet skiing and randomly went into cardiac arrest. The family dog, Jax, realized something was wrong and woke up Alicia, Brad’s wife. Avery, the couple’s daughter, did CPR by herself for seven minutes before paramedics got there and got Brad’s heart back in rhythm.Just three months later, Brad checked skydiving off his bucket list.Watch the video above for the full story, including how Brad is back to living his life to the fullest just one year later.

One man is sharing his story of surviving cardiac arrest largely thanks to his fast-acting family and dog.

Brad Feldman of West Des Moines, Iowa, is the ambassador of the American Heart Association’s annual Central Iowa Heart Walk.

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In 2023, Brad went to bed after a day of jet skiing and randomly went into cardiac arrest. The family dog, Jax, realized something was wrong and woke up Alicia, Brad’s wife. Avery, the couple’s daughter, did CPR by herself for seven minutes before paramedics got there and got Brad’s heart back in rhythm.

Just three months later, Brad checked skydiving off his bucket list.

Watch the video above for the full story, including how Brad is back to living his life to the fullest just one year later.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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