Fast Reacting Fans Save Woman's Life at Mustangs' Game

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 07/24 2014 11:11PM

Updated 07/24 2014 11:36PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Thanks to some quick thinking by some fast thinking St. Joseph Mustangs fans, a St. Joseph woman is alive.

36-year old Bria Bentz was at Saturday night's game at Phil Welch stadium with her husband Terry and three children.

The family was among a record-setting crowd of more than 5,000 that was enjoying seeing their Mustangs out to a quick 3-0 lead by the 3rd inning.

But Bentz started feeling bad, then collapsed. The young mother of three was suffering a serious heart attack.

"I was sitting two rows up from her when I watched her stand up and collapse," said Heather Kendall, who also was attending the game.

"I heard some people gasp," said Jennifer Lee, who had also noticed something wrong going on in the stands behind the third base line.

Luckily for Bentz, both Kendall and Lee were healthcare providers

"We've actually done this before together, just in a hospital," Kendall said. " We've never done it before outside a hospital."

Kendall and Lee began CPR. They were then joined by another fan who had brought with him a portable defibrillator due to his son's medical condition.

Also showing up at the scene was another fan, Nick Eade. Eade is an invasive cardiothoracic specialist at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

"I came up and said, you know, what's the rhythm," he said. "We have an AED (defibrillator) I saw there was b-fib. I wanted to shock right away.

One shock of the defibrillator didn't work. The team continued with chest compressions on the non-responsive Bentz.

Eade then decided it was time for a second shock with the AED.

"That's what did it," he said. "The second shock got her back in normal rhythm. She really wasn't breathing that well, but then I said, we need to get this backboard in and get her out of here."

Because of the improvised medical team's work, Bentz survived and is recovering at the hospital.

She took some time to thank those who saved her.

"I'm just overwhelmed and kind of in shock just realizing that it takes a community," Bentz said.

Her husband Terry was also grateful.

"God had his hand on everything and brought about 7-8 people from different walks of life to truly save her life," he said. "In one split second, everything was taken from me and my kids. By God's grace, we got it back."

Bentz will be away from her job at The Living Community of St. Joseph while she recovers.

In the meantime, a fund is being set up at U.S. Bank to help assist with medical bills.

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