MORRISON - A woman reunited with the West Metro Fire Rescue EMTs who saved her life. Dana Carr came to say thanks after suffering a heart attack that almost proved fatal.
She said her emotions were running high as she pulled into the fire station in Morrison and saw one of the rescue trucks.
"The other alternative would have not been so great," she said.
Dana Carr, 43, began experiencing chest pains while at work one day in January. Concerned co-workers dialed 911 and when paramedics arrived, she refused to go to the hospital.
Anxious and insisting she would be fine, the paramedics eventually convinced Carr to go to the hospital. That decision is why she is alive.
The surgeons at the hospital told Carr if she came a mere two minutes later, she may not be alive.
"I wasn't ready to die so thank you," she told West Metro Fire paramedic Chip Rapp.
Rapp was one of the first responders who assisted Carr.
"We weren't ready for you to die either," he said.
It turned out Carr was suffering from a rare form of a heart attack that causes the heart's wall to tear. Called Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, the Mayo clinic says there are only 850 annual reported cases of SCAD.
This type of heart attack usually affects a younger, otherwise healthy population; the average age of a SCAD patient is 42 years old, but it can occur in people as young as their early 20s.
Carr presented the paramedics, who are also firefighters, with a gift card to Starbucks.
"We treat a lot of patients and never really see the outcome," Rapp said. "...To have someone come out in person that I directly had an impact on their life, it means a lot."
Their hard work should never go unnoticed, Carr said.
"I am forever grateful," she said.