Man brought back to life conquers the coast
46-year-old Doug Commons was pronounced dead back in July after suffering a widowmaker's heart attack, but was miraculously revived. This past weekend, he defied odds by participating in the Conquer the Coast bike ride.
KIII 7:03 PM. CDT September 19, 2016
CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - 46-year-old Doug Commons was pronounced dead back in July after suffering a widowmaker's heart attack, but was miraculously revived. This past weekend, he defied odds by participating in the Conquer the Coast bike ride.
Kiii News Reporter Briana Whitney has been following this story and came back with the details.
Commons is a firefighter, an avid cyclist and runner, but after almost losing his life in July, doctors said he would need to take it easy; but a week after he was out of the hospital, doctors gave him the okay to begin training for Conquer the Coast.
3News first met Commons in the hospital back in July. He had suffered the heart attack and was pronounced dead for 20 minutes before he was brought back to life with CPR and remained in a coma for 12 days. He was healthy as can be and had been training for the race, as he had for the past four years.
Doctors told Commons he was lucky to be alive, but for Commons, living means doing the things he loves. He decided he would start training for Conquer the Coast again.
On Saturday, Commons was able to participate in the race surrounded by family cheering him on. His next goal is to run the Beach to Bay marathon relay race in May -- the entire 26-mile race by himself.
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