29 Year-Old Omaha Mother Suffers Cardiac Arrest

A young mother goes to bed healthy. She ends up in cardiac arrest. Why her family history left her fighting for her life.

“For me, it’s kind of been hell and back.” said Courtney Small.

Courtney doesn’t take precious moments for granted with her two little ones, Kinsley, 3, and Levi, 2.

Back in May…

“Nobody thought she was going to make it.” said Courtney’s fiance, Michael Kush.

He remembers every detail of that night.

“I heard her breathing weird, like a crazy snore. I rolled over and tried to shake her but she didn’t wake up.” said Kush.

Mike called 911. As paramedics rushed to their house, Courtney was in full cardiac arrest. Mike and Courtney both believe she died.

Paramedics rushed her to the hospital. She ended up in a coma for almost 2 full weeks.

Mike and the kids just wanted her to come home.

They recorded home videos for Courtney. “I miss you mom. We all miss you. I want you to come home!”
Courtney says she had always been healthy, but…

“My dad passed away at 29. Years and years ago they assumed it was a heart attack.”

After this scare, she was diagnosed with Long QT, a heart rhythm disorder.

Doctors believe her father had the same thing, causing his death at age 29. That’s the same age Courtney was when she went into cardiac arrest. Long QT is genetic.

“I had to get a defibrillator put in.Which I’m only 4th in Nebraska to have this device.” said Courtney.

Now she has to prepare to have her own two kids tested for Long QT, something she wishes she would have know she had years ago.

“It makes me angry and very, very sad because this would have never happened to me.” said Courtney.

Courtney has suffered PTSD and depression since the coma. She just wants to get to a point where she can work again, and not miss a second of her kids growing up.

“I just ask people to pray for us. It’s been a very tough year for our children and our family.”

Courtney’s friends and family are holding a fundraiser to help her family pay for the medical bills since her coma.

September 16, 2014

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