Bakersfield woman saved by Fresno police, surpised them with life saving medals
Officers arrived on scene within two minutes
Last Updated: 80 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In October 2012, Eryn Watkins did not know if she was going to survive.
"I'm so grateful," she said.
When Eryn was working at Macy's while going to college in Fresno, she suddenly collapsed, stopped breathing and did not have a pulse.
"About three years ago, I was diagnosed with lupus," she said.
But when three Fresno police officers arrived on scene within two minutes, their swift actions saved her life.
"Normally after 10 minutes, you're pronounced dead. So with that two-minute lapse it was like, 'Wow they're miracles and my daughter is a miracle,'" Natalia Watkins, Eryn's mother, said.
After arriving at the hospital, Eryn was in critical condition but had a strong pulse and was breathing on her own with the help of a ventilator. She made a full recovery just two days before her 22nd birthday.
"I recovered pretty fast. After a week I was out of there," she said.
The three officers were awarded life saving metals on Tuesday in Fresno for their bravery and quick actions to save her life. However, they were completely surprised to find out Eryn traveled to Fresno to award the metals herself.
"I'm just honored. I could just bow to them and say job well done. They deserve it," Natalia Watkins said.
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