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Back from the dead, Elder student survives sudden death arrest

CINCINNATI (Rob Braun) -- When you're 17 no one thinks you might die today, it seems absurd.
But it happens more than you think.  For Elder student Josh Patty, it happened in the weight room during swim practice.  The world went dark...

We begin with the good news.  Josh Patty is alive.  He is the exception.  His mom tells me 92-percent of the people who have sudden death arrest don't make it.  Paramedics brought Josh back to life after three shocks to his heart.

"When he is pulseless and not breathing it changes your mindset completely," Paramedic Megan McQuiddy said.
Josh's Mom tells us, "He had arrested and he died but they brought him back. Yeah so that was unbelievable.  Started cooling his body down right away put him on life support and for the next 24 to 48 hours we didn't know what we were going to get when he came to."
He didn't come to for a week.  When he woke up at University Hospital he had no idea what had happened.
Josh tells us, "Where am I, what's going on, what are all these wires?  I had no idea what was happening.  I think they explained it to me hundreds of times."

Cincinnati Fire Paramedics saved his life.
"We're just very fortunate that they were close by and went the extra distance to save my sons life," Josh's mom said.

It happened October 21st of last year.  Josh is already back at school.  He is allowed to work out, even lift weights, but not yet compete in the pool or on the tennis court which he loves.  But, he's here with both his family and his Elder family.
The only sign of the event is a small device implanted in his chest, Josh explains, "I have a defibrillator in.  It goes from about here.  I have a inch and half scar and there are wires that go around and into my heart."
That's a safety device in case it happens again.  Which amazingly no one thinks will be the case.  But no tests have shown why it happened in the first place.
His mom said, "We are blessed to have the community support that we've had it's been wonderful."

Josh's Dad tells us, "It's been just wonderful to have him with us and realizing that everyday I get to spend time with my youngest and watch him grow."

The men and women of Cincinnati Fire Department truck 17, Medic 17, and truck 24 will be honored Thursday night for saving young Josh Patty's life.
As for the family, they say they are taking it one day at a time and feel very thankful to the firefighters for giving them that opportunity.

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