Ella Collier’s Story – 2015 Atlanta Heart Ball

Ella Collier’s Story – 2015 Atlanta Heart Ball


If I had to describe Ella in one word I would say She’s incredibly confident. She’s not deterred by challenges. She’s just very hopeful. She’s optimistic and just boldly goes through things. Just like that bright red hair, she has a
a bright outlook on life. Very energetic. Very happy. Very fun to be around round. I remember it being sort of dark. There were multiple games going on at the time. I think there was like 12. And there was somebody that was laying on the court and the game had stopped. All of a sudden, I was like wait a minute… That’s Ella. And all these people started rushing towards her. And I thought… Gosh she must have gotten a concussion when she went in. And she’ll get up. Certainly she’ll get up. And she never got up. Nobody knows. No father can ever envision… Something like cardiac arrest, happening to one of their children. Much less their little girl. I witnessed Ella having a catastrophic event. She was clearly not breathing. And had no pulse. And proceeded to become blue in her face. And we realized quickly that… She was going in the wrong direction. We gave her CPR and they finally got us the defibrillator. At the third-round of chest compressions and respirations She grabbed my hand, this time firmly and pushed it away. Then you can hear her take a breath. And then she came down and started breathing on her own. We still couldn’t believe what happened. It took about a week to decompress. To not think about it every second of the day. To not here myself counting the compressions. To not hear Linda… scream. So. It took awhile. I tell Ella all the time now… When you almost die… What else matters? Every day is… A gift and it’s truly a miracle that she lived. Thank God Almighty, we have the American Heart Association. And all the studies and doctors that it supports. It saves lives and not only saves lives
but I think it enables people that have gone through cardiac
arrest to live normal, fruitful healthy lives. It’s not just about saving lives. It’s about living a quality life. I would want Ella to know… how much… I would just want Ella to know how much her mother and I love her. And how great and special she is. She’s a wonderful girl. (music plays) I almost died. I cant even believe it. Everyone was praying and holding on to
faith that I would be ok. I barely remember anything. It was truly a miracle in God’s hands
and it changed my whole perspective on life. Without certain people being there at
the right time… I wouldn’t be here right now. God gave me an unbelievable second chance and I am beyond grateful. I vow to use it to the best of my abilities in glory of Him. This just made me realize how little
things are that we put up so high. I never had a reason to believe that
until now. It made me realize what real value true character and meaning is and that’s
something not many people see. Praise God and I have so many incredible
people in my life. And praise Him… that I’m still here on this earth.

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