With a 1% Chance of Living, John Breslawski Survives Cardiac Arrest and Gets Back to the Gym

May 26, 2021 by
Credit: Courtesy of Lauren Minnicks

On July 16, 2019, after finishing a workout at Wayfarer Crossfit in Irwin, PA, John Breslawski collapsed.

  • “We finished the WOD -- I was so hot, Oh My God -- it was running [and] muscle-ups (modified for me),” he says. “After it was over, I remember sitting in front of the fan with friends and just laughing and cooling off like always.”
  • “I said goodbye to one of my friends, she said bye to me, and she heard a thud. I was the thud.”

Breslawski, 44 at the time, suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

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