Man reunites with emergency crews who saved his life

12:38 AM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy WCYB-TV
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A man who had no pulse for more than an hour was reunited with the emergency crews who saved his life. Over the weekend, David Hillard met with the paramedics and nurses who brought him back to life.

On January 1, Hillard was found laying in a ravine, surrounded by water. He'd been there for 15 hours. He was suffering from hypothermia and had no pulse.

Emergency crews worked for 108 minutes to get his heart beating again.

"We worked with a guy that had a temperature of 79.4, something that we thought didn't have a very good chance of living," said Meredith Broome, a nurse.

But Hillard did live, and later woke up in the ICU.

Fourteen days after the incident, Hillard says he still has no memory of what happened. He says he's grateful for the people who saved him.

"I owe everything to them," he said. "I owe my life to them."

Emergency crews say Hillard's dog, Roxy, never left his side. She was there the entire 15 hours he was stuck in the ravine.

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