Charles Morgan was taking a smoke break from his evening shift at a West Palm Beach car dealership when he dropped dead of a massive heart attack. He was 52.
More than two months later, Morgan has no recollection of any of it. Not his boss’ CPR efforts, or the crowd that milled around in horror, or the paramedics who brought him back to life with advanced emergency equipment most fire departments have yet to acquire.
The real stunner, even to the men who saved him: He suffered no brain damage or other ill effects, even though his heart had stopped beating for 16 to 20 minutes.