Gov. performs CPR, helps save woman's life

Gov. performs CPR, helps save woman's life

Gov. performs CPR, helps save woman's life

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 5:39 AM

PORTLAND -- Oregon's governor performed CPR on an unconscious woman in downtown Portland Monday, providing her medical assistance and helping to keep her alive until paramedics could arrive.

KGW has learned that Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, stepped in to help save the life of an unconscious woman lying on the ground near Southwest 13th Avenue and Main Street.

Kitzhaber was traveling by car through downtown Portland on his way to dinner around 5:00 p.m. when he noticed a woman on the ground with someone trying to help her. He ordered his driver to pull over and instructed his security detail to call paramedics, the Governor's spokesperson confirmed.

The woman was not breathing when Kitzhaber began to perform CPR. Paramedics arrived some minutes later and took over treatment of the patient who may have overdosed on drugs. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to live, according to the Governor's office.

Kitzhaber was not available for interview but his communications director told KGW "The Governor wishes her well and hopes that she seeks treatment in order to avoid the bad situation she was faced with today."

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