Saved by Strangers

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AURORA, Colo. -- Melody and Sophie Lewis and their father, Don Scott, are planning a very special Mother’s Day thanks to the life-saving help of strangers.

Pam Lewis was picking her daughters up at Sunrise Elementary School in Aurora last Wednesday when she suffered what her husband describes as “sudden clinical death.”

He says no one knew it, but Pam has cardiac arrhythmia: a disease that kills 4,000 people a year. But because of the quick-thinking and action of several parents at the school, his wife is not one of them.

“I just looked over there and saw her on the ground and ran over to her. I started yelling, ‘Call 911!’” said Marjorie Gold, one of the parents who rushed to help.

Sara Franklyn, a nurse, was picking up her son and had just started driving away when she heard the commotion.

“Something took over. I don’t know if it was adrenaline or an angel,” Franklyn told us. “Something took over and it was just automatic for me.”

She started performing CPR with the help of school nurse, Carla Alexus. The women kept doing CPR until paramedics arrived.

“The paramedics say without what they did, she could have died,” Don Scott told us.

The Good Samaritans are modest.

“I’m happy to do it, I’d do it for anybody,” said Gold.

“It’s the best feeling It’s the best thing you can do for somebody,” said Franklyn.

Scott says his wife is the heart and soul of the family, and the women who saved his wife gave his family their lives back.

Pam will be home in time for Mother’s Day which is, coincidentally, Pam’s birthday.