Cardiac arrest survivor thanks rescuers

Published: May. 16, 2016 at 9:16 PM HST|Updated: May. 16, 2016 at 10:11 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - EMTs, YMCA volunteers and good Samaritans were honored on Monday for saving the life of 51-year-old Philip Tan, back in February and the Nuuanu YMCA.

Tan was playing basketball when he suddenly collapsed after suffering a heart attack. YMCA staff and bystanders jumped into action, giving him CPR after reviving him with an AED.

"I'm so lucky that they knew what to do," Tan said. "Otherwise I wouldn't be here today. So I'm truly grateful from the bottom of my heart for saving me."

Tan says after fully recovering, he plans to learn CPR so he can also help others in the event of an emergency.

This week is EMS Week, in honor of the EMTs and paramedics who respond to any emergency.

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