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Fort Wayne nurse saves fellow runner's life

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

There are times in your life when you might think that someone has been in the right place at the right time.
That certainly is true for a Fort Wayne nurse who ran in the Indy mini marathon.

"Immediately I knew this was bad. He wasn't breathing, he had no pulse," Cathy Busse says.
Whether kismet or coincidence, the cardiac nurse was in the right place at the right time two weekends ago.
She and hundreds of other runners were at turn one of the track, about halfway through the race, when she knew something behind her was very wrong.

"I thought someone had fallen, tripped, possibly, and then realized that wasn't the case," she says.
47-year-old Jason Ronna from southern Illinois had a massive heart attack and dropped to the ground.
Busse says it couldn't have happened at a better time, considering the other runners around him.
"There was a paramedic there, other nurses, there were just a lot of medical people ready and willing to help immediately. And that was a great thing, a great thing to see," Busse says.
She says two paramedics who'd been running nearby began chest compressions while she breathed for him.
Once at the hospital, Ronna had a double bypass and will soon have more heart stents put in.
Even though Busse brushes off being called a hero, Ronna calls her one of his guardian angels.
He found her on social media and the two face timed for the first time Monday.
"He was choking up and trying to talk to me, and I was tearing up, as well. I was just so happy to see him and see him awake and talking to me. It was a very emotional meeting," she says.
Busse eventually finished the race, and is looking forward to running it next year -- with a new partner.
"He had asked me if I was running the Indy Mini next year and I said I'd planned to, and he said he was going to run it with me. And I said if you're there, I'm there. So hopefully next year that's exactly where we're going to be," Busse says.

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