Oregon governor saves woman by performing CPR

Governor John Kitzhaber is a former emergency room doctor.
By Evan Bleier  |  May 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore., May 6 (UPI) -- The governor of Oregon was able to save one of his state’s residents on Monday by performing CPR until paramedics were able to arrive.

Governor John Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, saw the woman lying unconscious on a downtown Portland sidewalk and had his driver pull over so he could administer aid.

The woman “had possibly overdosed” when the governor found her and a defibrillator was used to restart her heartbeat.

"It was pretty neat to see the governor back on and going back to work,” paramedic Alan Ferschweiler told The Oregonian. “He was surprisingly calm, and you could see he went right back to the days where he was an emergency room doctor. To go and assist the governor and take over this patient from him is pretty surprising. It definitely took us off guard."

After she was treated, the unidentified woman was brought to OHSU Hospital.

"The governor wishes her well and hopes that she seeks treatment in order to avoid the bad situation she was faced with today,” Kitzhaber’s communications director told KGW on Monday night.

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