Couple married 52 years celebrates life-saving miracle

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Couple married 52 years celebrates life-saving miracle
For Lonna and Edward, decisions made in mere seconds mean they'll get to make even more memories together after more than five decades of marriage.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- "I just don't remember a darn thing, I just went out like that."

That's how Edward Turner recalls his last moments before he collapsed at home in west Houston one morning last November.

Edward's heart stopped and his wife of 52 years, Lonna, jumped into action.

"I went around the bed and he was just out, on the floor," Lonna said.

She quickly called 911 and started CPR. She learned it 40 years ago, but never had to use it until that moment.

In the treatment and recovery that followed, he became a patient of Dr. Daniel Hermann, a cardiologist with Memorial Hermann Medical Group-Memorial City Cardiology.

"Not only did she save his life, he's really neurologically... he's the same man," Hermann said. "That's just a huge, huge, save. Really, it's a miracle."

Hermann says it was not just knowing CPR, but delivering it as quickly as possible that saved Edward's life.

"If you're able to deliver circulation to the body, then you're able to give that person a chance, and that's really exactly what happened here," Hermann said.

Their life together has included all the pitfalls you might expect over five decades of marriage. Now, they've quite simply experienced it all. Not only is Lonna his whole life, she has also saved his life.

"You look at people and you realize you're pretty lucky," Edward said. "Because you realize that there are others who are not quite as fortunate as you."