Heart attack victim looking for his lifesaver

Heart attack victim looking for his lifesaver

Heart attack victim looking for his lifesaver

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by ALLEN SCHAUFFLER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 14, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Updated Friday, May 14 at 6:56 PM

SEATTLE - Ryan Ringle had never spent a night in the hospital. Never been truly sick a day in his life. Even when he had his tonsils out as a kid he was an out-patient. He's a U.S. Navy Missile Tech on a nuclear submarine. He's fit, he runs, he stays in shape and has basically never missed a beat in his life.

Until last Friday night at the M's game against the Angels. He and a bunch of friends from the base at Bangor were sitting in the left field bleachers at Safeco when Ryan suddenly passed out and pitched forward, pouring his beer on a woman in front of him and slumping into her.

He picked the right woman to have a heart attack all over. She immediately recognized something was seriously wrong and started administering CPR. She kept it up until two King County Sheriff's deputies, working security, arrived and took over.

They kept CPR going until EMTs arrived.

They shocked his heart back into action and took him to Harborview Medical Center. Doctors put him in a hypothermic coma to protect his brain matter and a few days later they let him out of intensive care.

"A miracle. It's a miracle," his father said.  One of the deputies told KING 5 it was a great lesson in why you should keep CPR going.

Most people who suffer this kind of "sudden death" don't live through it and of those that do, most suffer some kind of brain damage.

Ryan Ringle says he feels just fine and his family says he's the same bright, funny, energetic guy they have always known.

One problem though. Ryan doesn't remember anything about what happened that night. And his buddies were apparently too freaked out by what was happening at the time to notice much about the woman who had originally started CPR. Nobody involved remembers what she looked like or how old she is or anything. She's a mystery woman.

But Ryan would very much like to know, and so would his family. Just to say thanks. Not enough, as Ryan Ringle knows.

"What can you really say besides thanks, for somebody who has just given you your life," he said.

So if anybody knows what happened and who jumped into action in section 180 of the left-field bleachers last Friday night, please contact newstips@king5.com so we can let the family know.

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