Aurora mom thankful for bystanders who saved her life

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AURORA, Colo. -- It was a very special Mother's Day and birthday for one Aurora woman. Pam Lewis' heart suddenly stopped beating a week and a half ago outside her daughters' school. First some bystanders and then an emergency medical crew came to her rescue.

"I'm feeling good, I'm feeling better than expected," Lewis said Sunday afternoon, as she sat surrounded by her husband and two children at home.

On May 2, Lewis was waiting to pick up one of her daughters at Sunrise Elementary School when she suddenly collapsed to the ground. A school parent who's also a nurse performed CPR and kept Lewis' blood flowing. Paramedics managed to shock her heart back to life.

"I feel bad for the kids that had to see it but I'm just glad there were people around that were able to help and provide the CPR and call 911," Lewis said. "If not for them, it would not be good Mother's Day and birthday today."

Doctors later determined that the 44-year-old woman suffered an episode of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, a condition that often strikes people who seem perfectly healthy. Lewis is now wearing an implanted defibrillator in case her heart stops again. She was released from the hospital this past Tuesday and is gradually regaining her strength at home.

"I'll probably always look on it (Mother's Day) as a grateful day," she said. "A day that I can be grateful about being alive, and still having my babies and my husband and family around."

"It makes this Mother's Day that much more special," Lewis' husband Don Scott said. "It makes you realize you don't have to do a lot on Mother's Day to appreciate just how much you have."