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Family Hoping To Track Down Good Samaritans Who Helped Cardiac Arrest Patient

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- A woman wants to find two strangers who saved the life of her life partner after he went into cardiac arrest while visiting Pittsburgh.

The story has gotten national attention after she wrote an article published by the Huffington Post.

"I really want to try to thank these two young men if possible. I would love for them to hear somehow how grateful we are," said Rebecca Bratspies from her home in New York, where she lives with her partner in life, composer Allen Schulz and their 8-year-old daughter.

It was March of last year when he was at a concert where some of his music was being performed at Desiree Soteres' home in Shadyside. When the group was walking back from dinner, Schulz went into cardiac arrest in an alley - Yardley Way.

The people next to him didn't know CPR, but that's when two strangers showed up.

"The two people came from nowhere," said Desiree Soteres. "They just appeared. I think they were students."

Bratspies was in New York, but she believes those young men saved his life.

Schulz was taken to UPMC Shadyside. He remained in a coma for weeks, and it's been a long road.

"According to all the doctors, they can't believe how well I'm doing," said Schulz.

He's making amazing progress.

"It's getting better. My walking finally came back. You know, I was completely blind in the very beginning," said Schulz.

And as for those two men who saved him: "If I could meet you, my God, I just want to say thank you," said an emotional Schulz.

Both Bratspies and Schulz hope this reminds people of how learning CPR can save lives.

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