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A UNT student surprises the first responders who saved her life

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Dana Daniels had just talked to her daughter Cherise, a 23 year old student at the University of North Texas in Denton.

"She had just called me about 6 minutes before and we just talked about normal things."

Then Daniel's phone rang again.

"I could hear the terror in her voice. She made some mention about the side of her face. 

Cherise was out for a jog on February 9th when part of her face went numb. Her mom told her to call 911.

"They had to work quite a bit to get her rhythm stabilized and get her to the hospital alive."

Cherise was admitted to the ICU for bleeding in her brainstem.

"Once she was in ICU, she still had the ventilator and she could communicate by writing, it was her wishes that she wanted to do something for this team who had come and been so good to her."

Just over six weeks later, Cherise and her mom surprised Denton's station 5 first responders, including Michael Lugo, who was there that day.

"It's a true blessing. We don't ever get to see the patient outcome after we do save their life. Being able to see them come over and see us and tell us all is well and doing great, it's a great surprise."

An experience that was equally gratifying for Cherise and her mom.

"They did a fantastic job of getting there quickly, of attending to her well, of recognizing that there was a problem, and doing their job and doing it well as they got her to the hospital. Denton needs to know what a fine service they have in this team."

Daniels says it's unclear what caused Cherise's sudden bleeding, but says Cherise has had a brain stem tumor in the past which continues to be monitored carefully.

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