Kennedy Cooper 

SADS Foundation

Ecclesiastes 3:2 states: “There is a time to live and a time to die.”

There is one indisputable fact of life, and these words of Solomon say it best. As harsh at it may sound, the truth in this statement is beautifully inevitable.

Being a healthy and active 17 year old, almost losing to a cardiac arrest never seemed imaginable until January 23rd, 2013.

I was in my high school CrossFit class performing a warm-up set of pull-ups, when all of a sudden I collapsed and immediately went into cardiac arrest.

Flat-lining for 15 minutes, two teachers immediately performed chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation consistently until Paramedics arrived.

From breathing tubes to life support, doctors told my family “We are astounded and cautiously optimistic she’s going to make it, but be prepared for severe brain damage.”

After being transferred to a different hospital for brain scans, more nurses and doctors were amazed when not one sign brain damage was detected. With the lack of oxygen my brain was receiving due to the length of time I was under, no brain damage seemed impossible. A miracle even.

The only explanation I have for any of this, is God is good. He sent angels to guard my hospital bed which left nurses in fear and confusion. He never stopped showing my family that He is the ultimate first responder and why we have nothing to worry about.