Posted: Oct 21, 2012 9:40 AM by Matt Stafford
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A man who was brought back to life after literally dropping dead within the first two miles of a marathon in Akron is back at home and thankful to be alive.
Tony Lindeman told the Akron Beacon Journal that he felt fine before the Sept. 29 race in downtown Akron.
But around the 2-mile marker, he collapsed and stopped breathing.
Nurses and other medical professionals running in the race rushed to Lindeman's aid and worked for several minutes to pump his heart and give him mouth-to-mouth.
Paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator to restart his heart, and a half-hour later, the 46-year-old married father of two teenage girls awoke in the hospital.
Doctors told Lindeman that his arteries weren't blocked and that he had a healthy, strong heart.