15 minutes without a heart beat; Colorado man thanks Good Samaritan

Published: December 2, 2013, 2:18 pm, by Dalton Walker
(9News screenshot)

(9News screenshot)

Somerset McCarty’s heart stopped for about 15 minutes in August and with the help of a passerby, McCarty is alive today.

McCarty, 37, of Boulder, was driving when he went into cardiac arrest the morning of Aug. 5. Bart  McCoy, with the help of a bicyclist, pulled Somerset from his truck and McCoy performed CPR. Paramedics arrived not long after and had trouble restarting Somerset’s heart. It took three shocks to his hear for it to beat again.

Doctors say he should have suffered massive brain damage after 5 minutes, according to 9News. McCarty walked out of the hospital with no signs of brain damage six days later.

McCarty and McCoy shared what happened that August morning recently to 9News. The two strangers met up again and McCarty, who installs Christmas lights, visited McCoy’s Parker home to install lights.

Read more of the story and watch the video interview here.