Woman delivers Thanksgiving dinner to first responders who saved her life

Woman delivers Thanksgiving dinner to first responders who saved her life
Tayna Karim hugs Fire District 8 Captain Todd Wood, one of several first responders who saved her life last February.

A Spokane woman knows exactly what she’s thankful for this Thanksgiving: the first responders who saved her life.

Tanya Karim suffered a pulmonary embolism in February and collapsed inside her south hill home. Spokane County Fire District 8 firefighters were only a few minutes away and immediately started CPR.

“We had pulses and I believe some spontaneous breathing coming back at the time,” said Captain Todd Wood.

Karim was rushed to the hospital and eventually made a full recovery. She stopped by Station 81 Wednesday afternoon to meet her real life heroes for the first time.

“These people, they brought me life, they gave me life with their two hands and great minds,” Karim said.

She didn’t just stop by to thank the men and women at the station – she delivered them an early Thanksgiving dinner.

“In our country, we celebrate life around the table and I wanted to show them that I’m grateful,” Karim said.

Firefighters were treated to a feast. There were full stomachs, and hearts.

“It just shakes everything inside of me, I’m so grateful to them.”

Karim spent her last Thanksgiving in the hospital, but this Thursday she’ll be hosting friends and family at home.

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