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Jim Rodrigues surrounded by his family in the hospital. (KOMO News Photo)

Jim Rodrigues had the scare of a lifetime last fall when he suffered a pulmonary embolism and went into cardiac arrest. But thanks to the efforts of paramedics from Redmond Fire Department and others who nursed him back to health, Rodrigues is here to tell his story — and thank those who saved him.

KOMO News shared Rodrigues’ story on Sunday after attending a party the night before that Rodrigues threw to celebrate the people who helped in his recovery over the past six months.

Rodrigues, a partner engineering manager at Microsoft, will mark his 25th year at the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant next week. His health scare occurred on Nov. 2, when he developed a blot clot in his leg while recovering from a torn ACL, KOMO reported. Paramedics who restarted his heart may have had to do so three or four times, and a low heart rate nearly cost him his life that night in the hospital.

But with his wife and four kids by his side at a Woodinville winery, Rodrigues was able to celebrate life being basically back to normal. And he got to thank those involved, including one of the paramedics, at his party.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for what he did,” Rodrigues told KOMO of the efforts of Chris Ingebrigtsen.

Ingebrigtsen said Rodrigues had less than a 10 percent chance of survival that day, and told KOMO that saving his life was a team effort.

Read the full story and watch KOMO’s video here.

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