A 39-year-old woman from Faribault is recovering in Colorado early this week after her heart stopped while she was skiing at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado.
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The woman’s husband says it’s the work of the Steamboat Ski Patrol that saved her life.
Last Thursday, Dion Buhman was riding on a ski lift one chair ahead of his wife and 15-year-old son. At some point, his wife, Tanya, told the teen she felt like she was on the verge of passing out.
The son yelled to his dad for help, then had to hold her up so she wouldn’t fall over. Once they got to the top of the mountain, Dion felt for a pulse from his wife’s heart, and there wasn’t one.
He started CPR, the ski patrol was notified and several emergency responders were on the scene within just a few minutes.
The Steamboat Springs Ski Resort is equipped with 14 automated external defibrillators around the mountain, and three of them made their way to Tanya Buhman. The machines are used to essentially shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.
They restarted her heart before getting her off the mountain and to a local hospital.
Tanya Buhman’s heart went into lethal arrythmia, and she has no idea why. She’s had no prior heart problems and no signs of something this serious on the horizon. Doctors in Colorado plan to install an internal defibrillator in her heart so it can’t happen again. She is also currently fighting pneumonia as a result of the incident.
Dion Buhman and the rest of the family are staying in Colorado this week until Tanya is healthy enough to fly back to Minnesota.