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Avon woman recovering from cardiac arrest

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Becky Halon goes through therapy with help from her husband, Josh. Becky Halon goes through therapy with help from her husband, Josh.
Halon was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest for 73 minutes in July. Halon was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest for 73 minutes in July.
The Halons have three young children. The Halons have three young children.

Anne Marie Tiernon/Eyewitness News

Avon - A young mother is working hard to recover from a sudden cardiac arrest in Hendricks County.

Becky Halon's husband started CPR, but in the end, she was down nearly an hour and 15 minutes. It certainly didn't look good.

"We call her our miracle girl," said Josh Halon.

Now at rehab twice a week, 28-year-old Halon hopes in time, she will walk without thought.

"When I am walking now, I have to more or less, neurologically tell my right leg to move, you know, and I don't have to on the left," she said.

The therapy follows the July 1 cardiac arrest.

Josh worried that his family, with three children - ages 10, 3 and 18 months - was at grave risk.

"We shocked Becky about 15 times," he said. "I think 72, 73 minutes, there was consideration of actually stopping care and calling it quits there, but thankfully, we didn't and about one minute later, she stabilized."

Methodist Hospital doctors then cooled Becky's body, wrapping her limbs in a hypothermia protocol aimed slow, her metabolism and preserve her brain and heart functions. Ten days after the collapse and nearly unrecognizable, Becky finally spoke.

"It was probably one of the greatest moments of my life, outside of my children being born and the first phrase she said was, 'I am so thankful to be alive' and I kind of think at that point, I knew it was going to be okay," Josh said. "But I still knew we had a long way to go."

Her progress is now measured in steps.

"Part of the problem with her being down so long was, we had some secondary brain injury," Josh said. "Less than eight percent survive, probably fewer than one or two percent actually have a good quality of life, so it's just remarkable where we are at."

Now, the couple is committed to giving back, raising money for American Heart Association research and CPR education.

"Learn CPR. It's a simple thing. There are iPhone apps out there to show you how to do CPR, you know, just don't give up that hope. It really can save lives," Josh said.

Josh and Becky's team, called "Miracle Girl" will walk Saturday at the Start! Heart Walk. They have nearly 55 members, which includes their daughter's jump rope team, the Avon Aerial Orioles.

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