Tom Ingui, 75, feels a little weak and has a black eye but he’s lucky he’s alive. Surveillance video shows Tom at the gym a few days ago, when he suddenly suffered a heart attack.
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“I just collapsed as you can see face first, chipped a tooth and I had a complete cardiac arrest. My heart stopped beating altogether,” said Tom.
“I was just moping and out of nowhere this guys just collapsed on me,” said Noel Basilides, the assistant manager at Anytime Fitness in Riverside.
Tom blacked out for about 9 minutes during that time, Noel and another gym member – jumped into action and saved Tom’s life.
“This guy was like foaming at his mouth. It’s weird, he was foaming at his mouth, but he wasn’t breathing. Nothing,” said Noel.
Noel performed CPR and then used a defibrillator to shock tom and re-start his heart. In the video you can see tom’s whole body lift off the ground.
“What’s really crazy is I took my AED, CPR class one week ago. Which is really crazy ok,” remarked Noel.
Another gym member, named Jesse, also helped to keep tom alive. “It was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever witnessed in my life,” said Noel.
Tom is extremely grateful the two men saved his life, “They were amazing I found out later what they did and they really saved my life 032024 I have two new brothers. Actually sons because they’re very young guys,” he said.
Noel adds that a week ago he never would have thought he’d save someone’s life. Now he thinks every business should have an AED in case of emergencies.