Bonita Springs firefighters honored for saving bride's life
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BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- It was a fairy tale wedding night that turned tragic for a Bonita Springs couple. A bride went into cardiac arrest hours after saying "I do". But because of some Bonita firefighters, the newlyweds got their happy ending after all. Monday afternoon those firefighters were given the district's most prestigious honor, the Phoenix award. Because they gave the young bride the greatest wedding gift of all, a second chance at life.
Amanda Karth said her wedding pictures are all she has to remember the happiest day of her life.
"There's only a few 2 to 3 second memories that I can remember." Amanda Karth said.
For Cody, much of his happy memories are overshadowed by pure terror.
"It was the worst thing in the world to wake up to, waking up to my wife gasping for air and her lifeless on the bed." Cody Karth said.
In the middle of the night, inside a honeymoon suite at a Bonita Springs hotel, Amanda's heart stopped beating. After calling 911, Cody said instinct kicked in and started giving his wife CPR.
" It felt like forever, felt like ages but was only mere minutes." Cody said.
In those brief minutes, Cody said there were a lifetime's worth of prayers.
"Please god let her still be alive, keep her alive." Cody said.
He said they were answered by four firefighters who were honored Monday for their ability to breathe new life into the bride, who ironically was diagnosed with a broken heart.
"It is called broken heart syndrome where the left side of your heart, left ventricle balloons out like the head of an octopus." Amanda said.
Two months later, the couple is all smiles and full of love. You would never guess they went through such suffering but said it has made their bond stronger than ever.
"Anything can happen at any minute any second any day. Don't take life for granted because you never know what can happen I'm just so thankful for him." Amanda said.
Amanda does still wear a device that helps regulate her heartbeat and has hope her wedding day memories will return soon.