Utah woman has tearful first meeting with pair who saved her life

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(KUTV) A West Jordan, Utah, woman is alive today thanks to two strangers who came to her rescue. The women met again for the first time since the incident took place back on Oct. 27.

“Hi, oh my gosh, oh my gosh,” a tearful Michelle Bernauer, 47, said as she answered the front door of her home to greet, Amanda Dalley, and Miranda Jensen who came to her rescue after she suffered a heart attack inside the Ross department store at The District shopping plaza in South Jordan.

“Thank you so much. Thank you so much,” said an emotional Bernauer as she continued to hug her rescuers. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. You guys are my angels in real life.”

Bernauer said she remembers nothing of that day. Jensen said she had just walked into the store to buy a baby gift when she suddenly saw Bernauer drop to the floor.

She was bleeding from the mouth and had no pulse. Jensen immediately screamed to call 911 and screamed for help.

Dalley heard the screams for help and came running over.

Jensen performed CPR to the beat of the song “Staying Alive,” something she had just learned about a month ago from a nurse who is a neighbor.

Dalley was by her side and on the phone with a 911 operator. She ended up grabbing the store's defibrillator to help shock Bernauer back to life.

“I pushed it and I remember seeing her jump from the shock,” said Dalley to 2News. “It was tough, I won’t lie. It was tough.”

The women’s life saving skills worked and Bernauer eventually started breathing again.

“I just think any good person would help someone in need,” said a tearful Jensen as she recounted the experience. “I’m just so glad that what we did let her be with her family still.”

“Pretty awesome, pretty cool. I’ve made life-long friends,” said an emotional Dalley.

Turns out Jensen just got a refresher course on CPR a month ago and Dalley is a former softball coach who was trained on how to use Defibrillators. She said her brother-in-law is also a South Jordan firefighter who has helped train her on life saving skills. “As soon as it happened I texted my brother-in-law and said 'you’d be so proud of me. The training you gave me paid off today.'"

"It’s just a miracle. They were there at the right time at the right place,” Bernauer said. She went on to spent 10 days in the hospital and is now going through physical therapy to regain her strength. “Life is so precious and you never know what will happen.”