Susan Koeppen returned to the KDKA anchor desk this week, two months after suffering a cardiac arrest, and the CBS O&O is marking the occasion by unspooling a multi-part series about her medical emergency and current rehabilitation program.
In an arranged reunion at the scene of where Koeppen’s heart failed her on a morning jog, she met with the people who helped save her: a group of firefighters and two medical students, who just happened to be driving by when Koeppen collapsed (video inside).
Koeppen gave each of them a photo of her kids, with a note written on the back: “You saved my Mommy.”
“If I had died, it would have been okay with me, because I have lived a very full life, and when I went down that day, I had no fear, no pain. I was gone,” Koeppen said. “It would have been horrible for my babies to grow up without a mommy and horrible for my husband to be without a wife. So, the people who saved my life, saved my family… and gave them their mom and their wife back.”