Overland Park teen meets first responder who saved his life during cross county meet

Posted on July 29, 2015


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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A walking miracle is how many people describe 14-year-old Gage Banks.  Last September the teen was running in a cross country meet in Johnson County, when he collapsed, his heart had stopped, and in minutes, Banks could have died.

Tuesday, however, he got to publicly thank the people who didn’t allow that to happen.

It was a “Thank You” worth far more than any phrase could convey.

“I’m very blessed that he was there, and I’m thankful for all the people that helped,” said Gage Banks.

Especially for Gage Banks, at 13, his heart stopped while running cross country.  He didn’t know he was born with a heart defect, one that could have killed him.  Theresa Donaldson, a school nurse, and Tom Turner were luckily at the cross country meet watching other runners.

“Right place at the right time, is what I keep…

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