CPR Saves Gym Member

Fred Mata
Fred Mata

NUUANU (KHNL)--When a gym member collapses from a heart attack at the Nuuanu YMCA, staff members and those working out, team up to save his life.

Survivor Fred Mata says those who knew CPR gave him the greatest gift of all.

Fellow gym members are glad to see Fred Mata back.

"Fred, I was there that day and it's great to see you back man."

"I was gone huh? We were a little concerned. "

"I've always been a workout fool, work out everyday," said gym member Fred Mata.

He loves to surf and plays all kinds of sports. Back in November, he'd just finished his second workout.

"Played two games of racquetball then took a shower, that's it for me."

He collapsed from a heart attack on the locker room floor. When Mata's heart stopped beating there were just moments to get him breathing.

"I was told Thomas Amina gave me mouth to mouth resuscitation and John Lockett, a doctor at Straub also assisted him."

Gym personnel rushed to his side with a defibrillator.

"As we put on the pads and we shocked him, it did produce a pulse after that so it definitely did help," said YMCA staffer Nate Pang.

Fred Mata woke up in the hospital and shares his story to encourage others to learn CPR. He's certain, without it, he wouldn't have lived to see his grandkids.

"No doubt about it, no doubt about it, I would not be here talking to you today. Dr. Lockett, a medical Doctor, told me if it was a few more minutes, I would not be here today," said Mata.

Good samaritan Thomas Amina had just taken a CPR course two days before this incident and is credited with saving Fred's life.