THE BRONX - The 19th annual Second Chance Brunch was held today for victims of cardiac arrest who were saved by first responders.
Of the 12 survivors at the brunch, five of them received CPR from bystanders during their medical emergencies.
Kathleen O’Donnell, a Bronx personal trainer and half-marathon runner, went into cardiac arrest while training a client this past year. Her client started CPR through instructions delivered over the phone by an emergency dispatcher. A rescue crew was then able to save O’Donnell’s life.
“Now, she’s back to running,” said one of her rescuers. “She runs by our station all the time so we get to see her enjoy her second chance.”
The brunch was held at the fire academy on Randalls Island.