Together, Methodist Charlton Medical Center Staff, Costco Employees, and EMS Staff Save Local Businessman’s Life

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Methodist Charlton president Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE and vice president Kyllan Cody greet patient Ance Sutton. Photo submitted by Methodist Health System

When local businessman Ance Sutton stopped to shop in Duncanville a few weeks ago, he had no way of knowing he was about to undergo a lifesaving experience.

Sutton was at Costco purchasing paper supplies for his organization, Job Training Institute, when he collapsed and experienced total heart failure. Because of the combined efforts of Costco employees, Duncanville Fire and Rescue staff who responded to the 911 call, and staff in the Methodist Charlton Medical Center emergency department and cardiology services, Sutton was one of only 3 to 6 percent of patients who survive an out-of-hospital heart attack.

“They are my heroes,” Sutton says. Coincidentally, Costco employees had just held their latest CPR training the week before his heart attack occurred.

Sutton was born and raised in the Oak Cliff and Best Southwest area. Through his nonprofit organization, he has been actively serving in the community, providing career training for young people who have dropped out of high school.

“It’s my way of giving back,” he says. This time, the community had a chance to give back to him.

Recently, Sutton took part in a reunion that allowed him the opportunity to personally thank those who helped save his life, with three regional TV stations on hand to cover the story.

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