When Rod Glasper, 62, woke up in St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, he didn’t know why he was there. His sister, Inger Glasper, told him a nurse had saved his life after his heart stopped beating while he was shopping at an H-E-B grocery store.
On Friday, Glasper met the nurse who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him, 64-year-old Lily DeVarona, for the first time in person at a news conference outside the hospital.
“How do you say thank you to someone who saved your life?” asked Glasper, who lives in Austin.
“This lady gave me more time with my family, gave me more time with my friends. … I’m blessed that somebody would stop and put her hands on me during this time of COVID. I’ve had all three COVID shots, but you can’t tell because it’s not written on my forehead.”
Glasper collapsed when a potentially fatal arrhythmia caused his heart to stop, said DeVarona. An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat.
DeVarona, who works in the recovery room at St. David’s Surgical Hospital in Austin, said Friday that she was getting some last-minute snacks for a University of Texas football game at an H-E-B on RM620 in Round Rock when she saw Glasper lying in an aisle.
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