Twin Cities 10-mile runner who suffered a heart attack meets his lifesavers

Updated: October 25, 2019 06:38 AM

A man who suffered a heart attack while running a 10-mile race as part of the Twin Cities Marathon weekend got a second chance at life and a first chance to thank his rescuers.

Tyler Moon collapsed during the race, and other runners rushed to his side. Their quick actions saved his life, and all of them reunited at a banquet for the Twin Cities Marathon volunteers and sponsors Thursday night.

"I do not remember collapsing or having the heart attack at all, but meeting these guys makes it real," said Moon. "I have nothing but sincere thanks and I am still in awe of what they did for me."

Dr. Grant Morrison was one of the half-dozen, or more, people who stopped running and started CPR and other lifesaving measures on Moon immediately.

Runner in Twin Cities 10 Mile race suffers medical emergency

"I was running next to him and heard a deep sigh and saw him fall face down onto the pavement," said Morrison. "His eyes were blank, his heart had stopped and I did not think he was going to make it."

Morrison told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS it was a very intense moment and there was a lot of chaos, but the teamwork of all the runners who stopped to help is what pulled Moon through.

"It is amazing because he did not look like he was going to pull through," said Morrison. "And now to see him here, along with those who helped him survive, is really quite something and he is a remarkable young man."

Moon said his doctors are still not entirely sure why his heart stopped, but he's going to receive a stent and he's expected to lead a normal life and possibly "run another race someday."

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