NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches realtor has a new respect for life after his heart stopped beating while playing basketball.
Twice a week for the last 30 years, Mike Liebrum, 62, has been out on the courts with his friends playing basketball, but his play came to an abrupt halt three weeks ago.
"I was sweaty, and they said my ears turned purple, my face turned purple," Liebrum said.
Liebrum had gone into cardiac arrest.
Mitch Robuck is one of two Stephen F. Austin State University students who immediately performed CPR.
Robuck said his friend Jeremy was in charge of breathing, and he did the compressions.
Dr. Jay Thornton usually handles defense on the court, but that day, he was at his best defending Liebrum's life.
"I put the pads on Mike and plugged it in. Pretty much that's all you have to do," Thornton said.
Thornton gives the credit to the automated external defibrillator given to SFA by a heart doctor.
"I truly believe what happened was that God allowed me to fall out where I did. So I give him the praise," Leibrum said.
Liebrum had a quadruple bypass, and his heart was not damaged at all.
He said he gives credit to the emergency preparedness of those trained in CPR and the use of an AED.