Rescued Peoria man: 'Every breath for the rest of my life is a gift'

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Valley woman is thanking a 911 dispatcher for helping her through one of the scariest moments of her life.

Yvette Gibbons' husband, Stacey, was having a heart attack and collapsed and stopped breathing in the couple’s home. Yvette called 911 for help. Phoenix Fire Dispatcher Laura Thomas was on the other end of the call. She calmly talked Yvette through CPR until paramedics arrived.

Yvette told us she believes Thomas helped save her husband’s life. Gibbons agrees and said this was a life-altering experience.

[LISTEN: The 911 call that saved Gibbons' life]

"My whole outlook on life has really changed," he said. "Every breath for the rest of my life is a gift and I owe it all to Laura."

Thomas said typically she talks people through a crisis but never knows the results. This is an outcome she is thrilled to see.

"Pretty incredible," she said. "It doesn’t happen often that we get to find out the ending of it so I’m pretty excited. It’s crazy it happened this way."

Gibbons, who is only 48, had no indication his health was in trouble. In fact, he hiked a total of 8 miles on two different mountains just the day before with no pain or shortness of breath. He said his condition is genetic.

Gibbons is going to cardiac rehab several times a week and may need a heart transplant at some point. He said he’s feeling good and is extremely grateful.

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