Man Collapses In The Library But Two Librarians Drop Everything To Save His Life

by Kelly Glass
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Randy Waddell was in his favorite place, the public library in Henrico County, Virginia, when he collapsed and had the shock of his life.

He went into cardiac arrest. Luckily, two librarians and a nurse were ready to jump into action.

The 65-year-old said the three women rushed to his side and used a defibrillator and performed CPR on him until emergency responders arrived.

“The doctors at VCU told me that if it wasn’t for these fine ladies’ intervention, I wouldn’t be around. So it’s very emotional for me,” he said. He’s been having heart issues for years. “I’ve been battling coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure dating back to 2005, so this is not the first episode,” he said.

There’s no denying, though, that being at the Libbie Mill Library when this particular episode happened saved his life.

“It just really hit home the last week what my kids mean to me, and I just wasn’t ready to be apart from them, so this is one of the greatest blessings that you can imagine,” he said.

He’s forever grateful to the three special women who saved his life.

“For these folks to go out of their way — I think saving a life is pretty special,” he said. “So I have nobody else to thank but the good Lord and these ladies.”

Watch the video below to see Randy express his gratitude to his very own angels on earth.

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