Sandra Watts was feeling unwell at a friend’s house when she decided to take a cab to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco to find out what was wrong with her. She lost consciousness on the way there.
The cab driver drove her up the ramp to the emergency department and called for help, and Ingrid Lim, MD, and her team were there to receive her and immediately begin resuscitation. Sandra was in ventricular fibrillation, which Dr. Lim describes as “near-death” cardiac arrest.
After 40 minutes of vigorous CPR, followed by an 11-day stay in the hospital, Sandra miraculously made a full recovery. Thankfully, she was able to attend her daughter’s wedding three months after the incident. “Clearly, that would have been a very different day had I not made it,” she said.
Coincidentally, Sandra was born at that very hospital in 1959 and had not been back since then. “In 2013, I was given life here again.”