Oregon Governor Performs CPR, Helps Save Unconscious Woman - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Oregon Governor Performs CPR, Helps Save Unconscious Woman

Posted: Updated:
NBC/Don Ryan/AP File NBC/Don Ryan/AP File

(NBC News) -- It's not in his job description as governor, but Oregon's John Kitzhaber may have saved someone's life on Monday.

Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, spotted an unconscious woman in downtown Portland around 5 p.m. and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, NBC affiliate KGW reported.

He was on his way to dinner when he noticed the woman on the ground, and a person attempting to help her. He told his driver to pull over and ordered his security detail to call paramedics, then "jumped out of the vehicle" to rush to the woman's aid, chief spokeswoman Nkenge Harmon Johnson said in an email to The Oregonian.

The woman — who wasn't identified — wasn't breathing and may have overdosed on drugs, KGW said. Kitzhaber gave her CPR until paramedics arrived minutes later and used a defibrillator that restarted her heart, Lt. Rich Chatman of the Portland Fire Bureau told The Oregonian.

She was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, the governor's office said.

Alan Ferschweiler, one of the paramedics on the scene, told The Oregonian it was "pretty neat" seeing the governor in action.

“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," he said.

This isn't the first time Kitzhaber has used his medical knowledge in office. Four years ago, during a gubernatorial primary debate, he darted away from his podium to help a man who was suffering a seizure. And he's performed emergency aid numerous times at the state Capitol, according to The Oregonian.

Kitzhaber declined to comment on Monday's incident. 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."


  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Killeen Airport Celebrates 10 Years

    Killeen Airport Celebrates 10 Years

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:53:16 GMT
     Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport turned 10 years old on Friday...More >>
     Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport turned 10 years old on Friday...More >>
  • Choke Hold by Cop Killed NY Man, Medical Examiner Says

    Choke Hold by Cop Killed NY Man, Medical Examiner Says

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:28:24 GMT
     A police officer's illegal choke hold killed a New York man last month.More >>
     A police officer's illegal choke hold killed a New York man last month.More >>
  • Ebola Coming to U.S. for First Time as Atlanta Facility Readies to Receive Patients

    Ebola Coming to U.S. for First Time as Atlanta Facility Readies to Receive Patients

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:23:01 GMT
    (CNN) -- The Ebola virus is coming to the United States for what's thought to be the first time, as two Americans return home after getting infected while helping others cope with the outbreak ravaging West Africa.The patients will head to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. One "will arrive in the next several days, and then a second patient will be coming a few days after that," according to Dr. Bruce Ribner, who oversees the Emory isolation unit where the pair will be treated."The patien...More >>
    (CNN) -- The Ebola virus is coming to the United States for what's thought to be the first time, as two Americans return home after getting infected while helping others cope with the outbreak ravaging West Africa.The patients will head to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. One "will arrive in the next several days, and then a second patient will be coming a few days after that," according to Dr. Bruce Ribner, who oversees the Emory isolation unit where the pair will be treated."The patien...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.