Governor Performs CPR On Woman In Portland

By Jim McCoy Tue 6th May NewsCPRGov. John Kitzhaber
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber performed CPR on an unconscious woman Monday evening in downtown Portland, assisting her until medics could arrive. The governor is a former emergency room doctor. His spokeswoman says he was traveling by car through downtown Portland about 5 p.m. when he saw someone on the side of the street attempting to resuscitate a woman. The governor told his driver to pull over, asked his security officers to call 911, quickly assessed the woman and began CPR. The woman had regained a pulse but was not breathing when a fire truck arrived within about four minutes of the 911 call. A fire department spokesman said the woman had started to breathe "and make purposeful movements" by the time an ambulance arrived to take her to a hospital.

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