Stroke survivor gets to thank the first responders who saved her life

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A woman who was given a second chance at life, reunited Thursday with the emergency workers who saved her at the University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus.

Mona Kopp recently suffered her second stroke in two years. On Thursday, St. Francis surprised her with a room full of the first responders who helped her get to the hospital in time.

“It really was a pleasant surprise,” Kopp said. “Some of the people I know and didn’t realize they were on board. It’s been a really worthwhile occasion for me to be able to do that and be able to express my appreciation for all the help that I did get."

Jared Cavin was part of the AMR crew that day. He said although paramedics don’t expect recognition for what they do, it is heartwarming to see positive outcomes of their work.

“It’s just a really good feeling to be recognized for what we do every day on a daily basis,” Cavin said. “A lot of the times we don’t get to see the outcomes of our patients and she’s back to normal living her everyday life and that’s neat to see."

Dr. Kennen Thompson said the hospital could not do their job without the help of AMR and emergency response crews.

"Here I am,” Kopp said. “I can talk and walk and can do everything. Some people even think I’m normal. So that’s a good thing."

The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis campus plans more reunions like this to honor EMS workers every quarter.