TREDYFFRIN Twp., Pa. (CBS) — It was a 911 call Tredyffrin Township Officer Robert Birney will remember for the rest of his life.
“When I first saw her, her lips were turning blue, her hands were blue. She was still warm.” Officer Birney said.
“The situation was bad,” Joe Gribb said.
Officer Briney used his defibrillator and saw Kathy’s husband might be going into shock.
“I said to Joe ‘get over here. I need you to do compressions,’ and I think it brought him in to the situation and kept his mind on track,” Birney said.
“Once we started to administer a little mouth to mouth and some CPR, some color came back and it gave you a little bit of hope,” Joe said.
Kathy’s heart started beating with the help of paramedics from the Malvern and Paoli fire companies.
Perhaps no one is more grateful than Kathy Gribb whose survival is considered a miracle by her husband and two children.
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“I’m thankful everyday that I am here to see them grow up. I’m very thankful and blessed that everything worked out the way it did,” Kathy said.
The men and women who helped saved Kathy’s life were all honored at Monday night’s Tredyffrin Township meeting.
“There’s nothing better than saving someone’s life,” Birney said.
Kathy was taken to Paoli Hospital where she underwent surgery for an irregular heartbeat. Amazingly she recovered in time enough to make it home for Christmas.
Reported By Todd Quinones, CBS 3