George Gaetan calls Kasey Chester his angel. She entered his life one day last month when he had a massive heart attack while working the cash register at the Dollar General store in Cumming.
"He had fallen seemingly unconscious. I had thought in the beginning he was having a seizure or he had just passed out, but I checked his pulse and no pulse," said Kasey Chester, a customer in the store.
Chester performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Surveillance video captured the frantic moments.
"I just remember praying 'Please Lord, don't let this man die. This is somebody's dad, somebody's spouse,'" said Chester.
Eight minutes later, help arrived.
Doctors said those precious moments were likely the difference between life and death.
"Without that, they would have had to operate with bad odds," said Gaetan.
"By knowing CPR, by having the basics, even if you are not a professional, it could be the difference between saving your life," said Chester.
Gaetan is on a lot of medicine and has a portable defibrillator strapped to his body. Doctors said he is on the road to a full recovery - a journey he won't travel alone.
"I want to see him get stronger, I want to see him get through, you know? It's just he is such a sweet man," Chester said.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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