Heart Attack Survivor Shares How Go Red and Elizabeth Banks’ “Just A Little Heart Attack” Video Saved Her Life
March 12, 2013 — Tonight, Go Red’s heart attack survivor Christie Thompson meets actress Elizabeth Banks to share how Banks helped save her life on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight.
In September 2011, Go Red For Women premiered its short film, ”Just a Little Heart Attack,” starring and directed by actress Elizabeth Banks. A month later, 50-year-old Christie Thompson suffered a heart attack in her living room. She recalled the symptoms Elizabeth Banks acted out in the short film, which had been forwarded to Christie by her sister-in-law, and immediately called 9-1-1. The information she received from the short film saved Christie’s life — literally. The following February, Christie shared her story at a local Go Red For Women casting call, and today, she is one of our 10 Go Red Women, representing the cause as a national spokesperson.
On the one-year anniversary of her heart attack, Entertainment Tonight featured Christie’s story on its website (“How Elizabeth Banks Saved a Woman’s Life”). Recently, Christie had the opportunity to personally thank Elizabeth Banks for her commitment to Go Red For Women’s mission, as both director and star of the short film. Entertainment Tonight captured the meeting in an incredible and emotional interview, airing Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Go Red and Elizabeth Banks’ video and Christie’s story serve as a great example of how creating and sharing compelling content can not only engage consumers, but can also drive action and truly save lives. Because of Christie’s swift action following her heart attack, she recovered and was even able to dance at her daughter’s wedding three weeks later. Watch Christie’s story exclusively on Go Red.
The segment will air on CBS’s Entertainment Tonighton Tuesday, March 12, 2013 and again March 16 and 17. Check your local listings for further details in your area.
Elizabeth was so touched by meeting Christie that she took to Twitter to continue to spread the word: