January 7, 2013
Some people say what happened to an Orange County woman is a miracle. She refused to give up on life even after being unconscious and undergoing CPR for nearly a half hour. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes CBS19's Stephanie Satchell talked to Sharon Morton and her husband Jeffrey who saved her life.
Sharon Morton enjoys baking and spending time at home with her husband Jeffrey. They got married under a tree in their backyard more than two years ago and often come outside to reflect on that day.
Late one Sunday night that all changed. Jeffrey thought he may never share that moment with his wife again.
"Something woke me up about 4:00 and I noticed she wasn't breathing," Jeffrey Morton, Saved Wife's Life.
Sharon's been living with several heart conditions for years, but for the first time recently, lost consciousness in her sleep.
"It was the scariest thing I've ever experienced. It really was," said Morton.
Jeffrey who's a corrections officer is trained in CPR and quickly came to Sharon's rescue. With the help of his children, he moved her from the bed to the floor and performed CPR for 26 minutes until emergency responders arrived.
"He's my hero. I can't imagine if that was me in the same situation how I would be. I'm so grateful for him to do it and keep his cool," said Sharon Morton, Rescued by Husband.
Jeffrey says most of those 26 minutes were a blur and he was just trying to keep his wife alive.
"That's my best friend. You're going to do what you need to do," said Jeffrey Morton.
Once emergency responders arrived, they took her to the UVa Medical Center where many say she had a miraculous recovery.
"They didn't think that I was going to be okay because I was out for so long they weren't 100 percent sure. They didnt know if I was going to know who anybody was or if I was going to have any remembrance of anything," said Sharon Morton.
"I felt as if it was a miracle. We were watching one happen because it was unbelievable to see her pull through this. She's a strong person and we didn't expect anything less than for her to fight," said Jeffrey Morton.
After about a week in the hospital, Sharon is back on her feet and taking walks under their special tree. She knows that her husband meant it when he took his vow to love her in sickness and in health.
Typically, it doesn't take EMTs 26 minutes to respond to a 9-1-1 call. Morton's cell phone call was sent to Louisa before being transferred to Orange. Orange County's Emergency Communication Department says cell phone calls come in differently than those on Lan lines. A cell phone doesn't always recognize your location and if a nearby tower is busy your call could be routed to the next closest tower which could be in another county.