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Woman uses massive heart attack to promote CPR training

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“It started out as a normal morning,” said Anna Pitt.

But normal it was anything but.

In November, Pitts was driving her son to the bus stop, when she started to not feel well.

She knew something was wrong, and laid on the car horn.

“I got to the door to see my younger son trying to help me into the house and I collapsed,” Pitts said.

She was going into cardiac arrest.

From there, her older son heard the car horn, woke up, and called 911.

On the phone, someone walked him through CPR to keep his mom alive.

“I've been told by doctors, by ER personnel, that if that wouldn't have happened, I wouldn't have been here,” Pitts said.

Pitts said she was told later she flat-lined four times, and has one of the worst types of a heart attack.

Lucky for her, her sons were able to save her life.

“I'm very proud of them, but then again, it hurts to know they'd seen me that vulnerable,” Pitts said. “To them, I'm mom. I'm supposed to handle anything.”

By the time she was out of the hospital, she's happy to say her older son has been certified in CPR.

Something, she hopes he never needs to use on her again.

And she'll be donning her red this week for National Wear Red Day this Friday. So grab your red shirt, dress, or even a red coat, and wear it in pride.

“We have hundreds of thousands of women, as part of go red for women, who are all taking a stance to protect their heart health and be proactive for it,” said Stacy Sawyer, American Heart Association.

Pitts said she hopes wearing red will encourage more people to become CPR certified.

“To wear red, promotes the idea that you need to be conscious of it,” Pitts said. “And not just go on your day to day life and it'll be something you'll do tomorrow because it may happen today.”

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