Carly Williams, a 34-year-old British bridesmaid suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed after walking down the aisle at her sister’s wedding.
According to The Sun UK, the woman only survived after two cousins gave her CPR – having learned the technique on a first aid course just weeks earlier.
The mum of two said: “I’m lucky to be alive, but I feel so guilty about ruining my sister’s big day.
“In all honesty I can’t really remember much at all. The last thing I remember is being on the train in the morning.
“I came up with my niece.
“Literally there’s a massive gap and I remember waking up two days later in hospital and just not having a clue what had happened.”
Carly was maid of honour at sister Jodie’s wedding at a central London hotel in July when she was taken ill.
Jodie said: “I got to the top of the aisle and I heard some commotion behind me and I saw my sister laying on one of the other bridesmaid’s laps
“I honestly thought, ‘What is she doing?’
“I just thought she was being a drama queen to be honest. I thought it was a bit over the top.
“Then it quickly became apparent that it was serious.
“Mum was screaming, ‘Get a defibrillator’ and then my cousins came forward.”
The pair – David, 28, and Peter Cooper, 27, – used a hotel defibrillator to restart Carly’s heart.
She was rushed to hospital and put in an induced coma – where doctors discovered an electrical problem with her heart .
Carly, of Bromley, London, has now been fitted with an internal defibrillator, but doctors were unable to determine what caused the cardiac arrest.
She said: “It shows how having CPR training saved someone’s life.”
Jodie, 28, said: “It’s only because our cousins knew CPR and there was a defibrillator that she’s here.”
Jodie cancelled the £70,000 wedding and rushed to the hospital to be at her sister’s bedside.
She added: “We haven’t set another date, but I’m hoping early next year. I want to do it before the wedding season starts.”
The family is now raising cash for defibrillators in schools. Fewer than one in 10 people survive a cardiac arrest outside of hospital.
British Heart Foundation’s Simon Gillespie said: “When someone collapses suddenly with cardiac arrest ever