Heart attack survivor donates AED defibrillator to Champy’s in Alabaster

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ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — Two years ago, a Shelby County woman suddenly collapsed from cardiac arrest at Champy’s in Alabaster.

Today, she was able to tell her story and thank the restaurant and first responders with a life-saving donation at the fourth annual Alabaster Police dinner. 

You wouldn’t be able to tell from her contagious laugh and cheerful spirit, but in October 2017, Stephanie Douglas was standing near the bar area of the restaurant when she collapsed and began to experience a sudden heart attack.

“I collapsed and I was clinically dead for four and a half to five minutes and the great staff and the customers here at Champy’s just jumped into action, and they started that chain of survival calling 9-1-1 and starting CPR,” Douglas said, “the next step in that chain is using an AED and unfortunately, Champy’s didn’t have one.”

Not only were police officers honored at the police dinner, but firefighters were invited this year so that Douglas could say thank you to the staff at Champy’s and the first responders who helped save her life. She donated an AED defibrillator to the restaurant in case another person went into sudden cardiac arrest like she did.

The Alabaster Police dinner began four years ago when Dena Bedsole and her husband decided to make a kind gesture to the Alabaster Police Department and provide a nice quiet dinner for them. Since then, it has grown to include the entire community in giving a huge thanks to the police officers’ daily services.  

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