An IU freshman is visiting his old high school to thank his classmates for saving his life ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Andrew Robinson wanted to thank the people who saved his life. Luckily for Robinson, he was in class when he just slumped over and nearly died.
What is Robinson thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Life.
"Just blessed," said Robinson. "It is unreal, honestly, how it all happened."
Andrew was in Joe Golden's pre-calculous class when he slumped over at his desk, then over onto the person sitting next to him.
"For a moment I thought he had fallen asleep, but we realized pretty quickly that was not the case," said Joe Golden, Hamilton Southeastern math teacher.
Andrew's heart went into cardiac arrest. Golden, a former firefighter and EMT, put his training into action.
"His breathing had become real erratic," said Golden. "It was raspy sounding and he was only breathing a couple of times a minute. That is when I knew we had something serious going on."
Golden performed CPR before nurses brought in an defibrillator. They put the device to use and literally brought Robinson back to life.
He still has the scar on his chest from his personal defibrillator. A bow with Andrew's initials and the date he was saved still sits on the school's defibrillator.
A math teacher who knew how to save a life, and the school's only AED not far away, Robinson knew luck was on his side.
"This was the place to have it happen," said Robinson. "For sure, this is the best place that it could have happened."
Robinson was on Hamilton Southeastern's basketball team, he worked out, he ate well. The question is: why did his heart stop?
"We will probably never be perfect when predicting which child or which adult is at risk for chaotic electrical heart rhythm disturbance, but what we can be is prepared to address it when it happens," said IU Health cardiologist Ed Harlamert.
Robinson is now a freshman at IU, but his near death experience has helped him have a more grown up perspective.
"You never know when it is going to end," said Robinson. "I was completely healthy, I have never had any health problems. I just happened to be in a class period and it could happen to anyone. Take advantage of the years that you have on earth."