Woman thanks man she says saved her life after collapse at south Fort Myers Walmart

The pandemic could not stop the reunion of a woman and her hero. We told you the story about a woman who was looking for the good Samaritan who saved her life, and it only took a day for us to help her reunite with him.

When Megan Hall collapsed at a Walmart in south Fort Myers a couple weeks ago, she had no idea a stranger would be there to rescue her.

Hall was reunited Wednesday with Eddie Cruz for the first time since her collapse. It wasn’t in person, but it was the first time she was able to see her rescuer’s face and thank him.

“You saved my life! You saved my life!” Hall said to Cruz from her hospital bed.

“I think the paramedics did the majority of the job,” Cruz responded to her.

Cruz won’t take any credit, but Hall believes he is the reason she’s breathing after he performed emergency CPR on her.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so thankful,” Hall said.

When Hall collapsed almost two weeks ago at the Walmart where Cruz works, he did not wait to act.

“When I got there, I noticed her on the ground,” Cruz explained. “She didn’t have a pulse, so then I started performing CPR on her until the paramedics got there.”

Hall had been in the hospital since that day. She has a defibrillator in her chest now to keep her from collapsing again.

Once paramedics took Hall from the Walmart, Cruz didn’t know how to find her.

“Then, today at the store somebody mentioned the story, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow, I can’t believe she survived,’” Cruz said. “I was very happy about that.”

Cruz won’t call himself a hero.

“I think if anyone else knew what to do, they would have done it,” Cruz said.

“I think it’s a hero thing, so we’ll just call it that,” Hall said.

It’s a hero thing that will forever connect two former strangers to a Walmart and to each other.

“I’m happy you are here in this world and saved my life,” Hall told Cruz.

“No problem ma’am,” he said. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

Hall was discharged from the hospital Wednesday. She told Cruz she plans to thank him in person next time she goes to the south Fort Myers Walmart where he saved her.

Reporter:Breana Ross
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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