SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport doctor, 11 miles into a race against thousands of other runners, suddenly found herself in a race against time - to save a life.
“I believe we all have our ‘such a time as this’,” begins Esther Holloway, who only began competitive running less than 2 years ago.
On March 25, Dr. Holloway was competing in the Dallas Rock and Roll Half Marathon, only her second such race of 13.1 miles long.
But she now feels it was no coincidence she was running that race, on that day.
“Maybe that’s one of the reasons God put me here and in the job I’m in,” Holloway continues while being interviewed in her place of employment, Velocity Care Urgent Care on East 70th in Shreveport.
Holloway says as she rounded a corner nearing the end of the race, she saw another runner lying motionless on the ground.
“I said, ‘I’m a doctor. Can I help?’”
Holloway quickly was joined by another doctor and a nurse who also were running in the race, and a Dallas I.S.D. police officer.
When Holloway says she asked the young lady her name, she responded, “Bailey”.
“I could tell right away this young lady was really in trouble,” explains Holloway.
She says Bailey began having a seizure, but then suddenly stopped breathing.
“The police officer started chest compressions and I started rescue breathing. She had no pulse. Things were not looking good.”
The two continued CPR for over a minute before 27-year-old Bailey Adam drew her next breath.
“All of a sudden, she takes a big breath, turns pink and starts breathing again,” Holloway says with a smile.
Moments later, medics arrived and rushed Bailey to a nearby hospital.
“All I could think about is, ‘Dear Lord, I hope she lives and makes it’.”
Holloway began walking then eventually running toward the finish line where her fiance, Paul Lawson, was waiting.
“She was a good 15 minutes late for the finish," he remembers.
“When she finally showed up, she had mud on her shoes and knees.”
Once Holloway caught her breath, she shared with her fiance what had happened with just two miles remaining in the race.
“Sounds like Esther,” reacted Lawson.
In the days to come, while Holloway returned to the streets of Shreveport preparing for her next half marathon, she learned that Dallas TV news stations began reporting on the miraculous recovery of a runner who had gone into cardiac arrest during a recent race.
Needless to say, Holloway was thrilled to learn Bailey was making a recovery and had gotten to meet many of her race-day heroes.
“For someone to pass out in a race and have two doctors, a nurse and a police officer who has a radio and can call for help right there at that moment, that’s nothing but God. I believe that. We were sent,” Holloway shares with tears in her eyes.
Doctors diagnosed Bailey with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart struggles with pumping the blood.
She has since been released from the hospital and returned to work.
When Bailey feels up to it, Holloway says, she’ll be ready to reunite with the young lady she unexpectedly met at mile marker 11.