ENDICOTT (WBNG) – A local woman is publicly thanking first responders after she was revived from a heart attack that she says killed her for several minutes.
38-year-old Hope Montagna says on August 8, she suffered a heart attack that nearly ended her life just two months before she was scheduled to be married.
“It was just like any normal day for me,” said Montagna. “I ended up going to Walmart and had an anxiety attack in the part you walk in and that’s when I knew something was wrong.”
Montagna says when the pain continued, she called 9-1-1 and was immediately taken to the hospital by the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad.
Her sister-in-law Marlow Pennell says when they arrived at the hospital, Montagna had died.
“We when to go get her out on the stretcher and take her into the hospital. All I’ve seen was her face it was like pale,” said Pennell. “All I remember was her face…after that I knew she was gone.”
“The EMT had to perform CPR on me until I got to the emergency room. I had died for, it was like four to ten minutes,” said Montagna.
However, Montagna says what could have been a tragedy, quickly turned into a miracle.
“They used an AED machine and revived me,” said Montagna. “They said I had 80 percent blockage in one of my arteries and I had to have an emergency stint put in.”
Montagna said she was surprised from doctors about her heart issues, especially at her age.
She was later released from the hospital and was later able to move up her wedding day to marry the love of her life.
Montagna says she is grateful everyday for the first responders who she claims gave her a new lease on life and also using her story to spread heart health awareness.
“I just wanted to thank everyone involved even the people who weren’t involved because they saved someone’s life at some point so they should be recognized for that,” said Montagna. “If you get any symptoms of a heart attack which are different in women than they are in men. Get it checked out.”
Montagna thanked responders at the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad as well as her nurses and doctors at UHS Wilson Hospital.
Early signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort, nausea and shortness of breath.
For a full list of signs and symptoms of a heart attack from the American Heart Association, click here.