Doctors immediately performed a CAT scan and discovered that Bret had suffered a spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage, or sudden bleeding around the brain. Kristi remembers what happened next vividly.
"We were in the emergency room, and [the doctor] came in and said, 'It's not good news.' And he said, 'I heard you two talking about you having daughters. You might want to say goodbye to them,'" she says. "[Bret] just kept telling me, 'Tell the girls I love them.'"
As Bret laid in the hospital bed and watched a team of 10 or 11 doctors perform tests, he says his life did not flash before his eyes. "What happened was I got very sad. I went into completely just asking God, 'You've got to let me live through this,'" he says. "I was doing a lot of asking at that point. [I thought]: 'I know I've done a lot of rotten things. I'm asking for a break here, and if you could cut me a break just this time, I promise I'll be better in the future.'"
Bret says the moment he realized he might die was "surreal."
"It's funny because it puts things in perspective real quickly," he says. "People say this happens, but it really happened to me. [You think about] your immediate family, your kids, your best friends. At that point, you're not thinking about anything else."