Former Ore Gov. Kitzhaber gives first-aid during debate

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by Teresa Blackman / KGW

NWCN.com

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

EUGENE, Ore.  -- Former Gov. John Kitzhaber wants his old job back, but he returned to his days as an emergency room doctor during his debate with Bill Bradbury in Eugene.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports that Wednesday night's forum was suspended for about 20 minutes after an audience member suffered an apparent seizure.

When someone asked if there was a doctor in the house, Kitzhaber rushed up the aisle to provide first aid.

He checked the man's vital signs and ensured he had an open airway until paramedics arrived.

The incident led to a friendly moment between the candidates when the debate resumed. Bradbury, however, also chided his opponent as someone who would be limited to diagnosing the state's ills when Oregon needs someone to take action.

The two Democrats meet in the May 18 primary election.

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