Cheyenne man meets the people who helped save his life after a heart attack

Published: Feb. 7, 2022 at 5:54 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - What was supposed to be a routine shift at work Damon Tweedy turned into a life-altering day, and one that he almost didn’t survive.

“Before I went to lunch, I was having a hard time breathing, I was like ‘ok, I’m just gonna blow it off, blow it off, blow it off.’ Went back to work, as far as I know I was in the cereal aisle, next thing I know I’m in the ER with a tube down my throat,” said Damon Tweedy.

Damon had suffered a heart attack, but November Seventh wouldn’t be the end of his story.

Little did he know that also in the store that he worked at, two medical professionals just so happened to have been grocery shopping and provided him with care until EMS could arrive.

Kim Coulter, a CRMC nurse and one of the people who helped Damon, said, “The staff at Walmart just started screaming ‘everyone clear the aisle, there’s an emergency!’ So, of course, being nosy, looking down the aisle you see a gentleman laying down with several people around. So, I asked one of the employees, who cleared the aisle I said ‘do you need any help? I’m a nurse.’”

Damon had to go without knowing if he’d ever get to meet the people who saved his life that day, until their paths crossed yet again and he was able to express his gratitude.

“It was wonderful. Tear were just like.... “Thank you so much! I wouldn’t be here without you. I would be with my family.” I mean, I would’ve made this woman a widow, and my daughter an orphan,” said Tweedy.

As fate would have it, Kim Coulter worked at the hospital and, while staff members aren’t usually allowed to meet patients on different floors and departments, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center made a special exception in this case.

“The manager of that unit had outreached me and said “hey, do you mind coming up and meeting him?” And his daughter was there and it was very emotional, i apologize for getting so emotional, but just seeing that he was ok was such a relief,” said Coulter.

Damon was given the chance to thank the people who changed his outcome on November 7th, but they aren’t the only ones that those close to the situation say you should be sure to thank.

“I am very grateful that they want to thank me, and I’m very grateful that my actions did something, but at the same time, the same recognition should get sent out to all of them,” said Eli Burgess, who helped Kim Coulter in keeping Tweedy alive following his heart attack.

The family has a GoFundMe for their hospital bills. People can also help by reaching out to CRMC and donating through them, as well.

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