'She literally saved my life': Pickens Co. employee thanks quick-thinking co-worker for rushing her to ER

Amy Gilstrap – L, Tricia Garrett – R (Source: Pickens County)

Pickens County is celebrating the quick actions of one employee that helped save a co-worker’s life.

Jamie Burns, a spokesman for Pickens County, said the incident happened on May 29.

Tricia Garrett, the Juror Coordinator for the Pickens County Clerk of Court, began feeling ill at work and thought she was experiencing indigestion. So, she asked coworkers for an antacid.

“I’d gone upstairs to get a Sprite, and I wound up getting sick, so I went to lie down on a sofa,” Garrett said in a news release. “That’s when I heard Amy talking in the hallway. She was worried and had come to check on me.”

Amy Gilstrap, whose father recently suffered a heart attack, became concerned and sprang into action.

Gilstrap told Garrett they were going to the ER and drove her to the hospital.

When they arrived, doctors told Garrett she had a 100 percent blockage of the left main artery.

“This type of heart attack is commonly referred to as the widow maker because of its high fatality rate without immediate medical treatment,” Burns said.

Garrett admitted she would not have gone to the hospital if not for her coworker’s prompting.

“I’m just so thankful for her intuition and quick response. She literally saved my life, and I’ll never forget it,” Garrett stated in the news release.

Doctors have not yet cleared Garrett to return to work but said she should make a full recovery.

Garrett is now urging others to be aware of heart attack symptoms and to speak up if they notice someone else ignoring those medical symptoms.

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