21 Yr Old Athlete Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Saved by Friend’s Stepdad

Spencer Thomas, left, received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from Jeff Nunes, right, the stepfather of Thomas’ friend Colt Parshall.
Spencer Thomas, left, received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from Jeff Nunes, right, the stepfather of Thomas’ friend.

21-year-old, Spencer Thomas is lucky to be alive, thanks to his friend’s stepdad, Jeff Nunes, who saved his life on November 5th. An all-star athlete in football and baseball for Oakdale High School and Modesto Junior College, Spencer was in top shape.

Yet on the evening of Nov 5th, as he watched a sports game with his buddies at the Nunes house, he fell victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Fortunately, Jeff Nunes, who has taken a CPR course every year for his lineman job at Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was in the next room.

He immediately instructed the other boys to call 911 while he performed chest compressions on Spencer. Twice Jeff Nunes was able to revive Spencer while waiting on the ambulance to arrive. “I could hear the ambulance coming. It seemed like an hour hearing those sirens,” Nunes said.

The EMS team were able to get a heartbeat and took Spencer to the hospital where he remained unconscious for two days. At the hospital, doctors discovered spencer Thomas had been born with “Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome”. He had an extra electrical pathway between his heart’s upper and lower chambers, which can cause a rapid heartbeat, leading to cardiac arrest.

Though his days as a star quarterback are now behind him, Spencer Thomas is thankful to be alive and forever thankful to Jeff Nunes for giving him a second chance. “You can’t pay back someone who saved your life. It is amazing how everything fell into place for me” said Spencer Thomas. (Read original full news story here)

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