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NORWICH – Searching for a silver lining when things go awry can often seem like a moot effort. Looking back on a near death experience and counting all the blessings that came together to make Doreen Rowe's life today a reality couldn't be further from that.

In December of 2013, Rowe suffered a massive cardiac arrest, one that left her in a coma for more than a week. “I thought I had indigestion,” Rowe said, “ but I was going into cardiac arrest.”

Luckily with the saving grace of her 25-year-old daughter, Amy Rowe, Doreen's life was sustained until paramedics could arrive. “After calling 911, Amy performed CPR on me for nearly 23 minutes, she saved my life,” Rowe said.

The ordeal landed Rowe in Wilson Memorial ICU for more than three weeks. Within 24 hours of the incident, her family assembled to be by her side.

Rowe's parents flew into town on the red-eye from Florida, where they live throughout in the winter months. While the couple have a residence in the town of Greene, the home had been winterized and wasn't inhabitable.

“My Parents — who are both in their eighties — flew up north to be by my side with just a suitcase full of clothes and nothing more,” said Rowe “Things were not looking all that great, and they wanted to be here for me.”

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