(The Independent) — The odds were not in Joan Walker’s favor on May 11 when she went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing on the 10C bus leaving East Hampton for Montauk a little after 1:30 PM. She had just left work at Stop & Shop on Newtown Lane and had walked up to the train station, where the bus was waiting.
“I don’t remember leaving work. I don’t remember anything,” she said this week.
According to the American Heart Association, of the 350,000 Americans who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting each year, 90 percent die. Even among those who receive emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more than half still die. And the chances of women surviving the ordeal are even worse.
Yet Walker is still here.
“For the grace of God. God pulled me through. He was the one who gave me strength,” she said.