Heart Attack Survivor Grateful For Nursing Student’s Life-Saving Actions

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UPDATED: Wednesday April 16, 2014 5:43 PM

A heart attack survivor is speaking out about a nursing student's life saving measures.

10TV first told you in February how Luke Miller administered CPR to a stranger in need in his Olentangy Commons community.

71-year-old Albert Acierno's anterior descending artery was 90 percent blocked, but he says there were no symptoms leading up to the day his heart stopped. He also says had it not been for Miller's selfless actions and critical CPR knowledge, he would most certainly have died.

"When he found me, he said I had no pulse, no breathing and I was white as ash," said Acierno. He says he has no recollection of that cold February day, only what he's heard from witnesses.

He was working as a driver for the Forum at Knightsbridge and behind the wheel of a transport vehicle when his heart stopped beating.

"I just stopped the car left it in drive so no one could open the doors," he said. "They had to break a window to get in the car to get me out and that's where Luke came in did that and got me out on the ground."

Miller lived in the area and was studying for his nursing licensure when he heard the commotion and ran to help. "I knew what to do, I practiced this over and over so I guess it was instinctive after so many times," said Miller.

It was an instinct that made their second encounter possible.

Acierno invited Miller over for dinner recently to express his gratitude. Acierno is now in recovery-mode and making crucial changes to his diet. He's also back on the job and excited to soon transport again, proof he says in the power of humanity.

"To him I owe my life, it's just amazing that this man was willing to step in and do something to help somebody.  It's a lesson we all have to learn:  step up and help when you can."

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