“Miracle Mike” survives cardiac arrest, shares his near-death experience

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Bonner Springs man has the new nickname of "Miracle Mike". You could also call him "Grateful Mike". He's grateful to the people who saved his life.

Mike Gibbons is back in the E.R. at Providence Medical Center, and a nurse and doctor are thrilled.

"He's telling me 'Thank you' and that's just amazing to have that," said the nurse, Tammy Weitz.

"This is a highlight for me, and this will carry me and a lot of the people here for quite some time," said Dr. David Biller, an emergency physician.

Gibbons has no recollection of his time in the E.R. on May 2nd. He does recall dying.

"I saw a bright light and I thought okay, I'm goin' home. And then all of a sudden, it went dim. I started rattling around and yelled out, 'Let's roll, Lord', after I pulled something off my face," said Gibbons.

He was on the way to Providence in an ambulance. He'd suffered cardiac arrest at the Bonner Springs YMCA. Staff and bystanders revived him with an AED.

"He had a horrible, horrible color," said Weitz, describing Gibbons' appearance when he arrived at the hospital.

"By now, his heart had started to sorta dwindle again," said Dr. Biller.

The staff worked to restore blood pressure and to cool his body to save brain cells.

"I wake up four days later and I'm being told I was clinically dead for eight minutes at the Y," said Gibbons.

Thus his new nickname of "Miracle Mike". Days later, he made it through six-way heart bypass surgery. He started walking and hasn't stopped. He's lost 57 pounds.

"I believe God put all these people in this position to bring me to where now, he has some things for me to do," said Gibbons.

He's encouraging others to lead healthier lives by his words and example. On Saturday, five months after his near-death experience, "Miracle Mike" will lead the Rock, Roll and Run 5K Walk and Run in Bonner Springs. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th Street. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit several programs of the Providence YMCA. A free community health fair begins at 8 a.m. along with fun activities for kids. For more information, click here.