How’s this for your heartwarming story of the day? A Congressman brings someone back from the dead and he wasn’t even looking for his vote.
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., successfully gave first aid to an apparent heart attack victim in between connecting flights at the Charlotte airport Tuesday morning, said Roe spokeswoman Amanda Little.
She explained that Roe, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, was on his way to Washington, D.C., and had taken the 5:30 a.m. flight out of Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
He had just landed in Charlotte when an unidentified man collapsed, according to Little.
Seems like it’s only on television or in the movies where someone cries out for a doctor and one just happens to be there. How fortuitous.
According to the Daily Caller, the man most certainly would have passed if not for Roe’s heroics.
Roe, an obstetrician before he first ran for public office, was walking through the Charlotte terminal with South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney at about 7:15 a.m. when someone yelled out, “Is anybody here a doctor? There’s a gentleman who just collapsed!”
“When I got there, he wasn’t breathing,” Rep. Roe told The Daily Caller in a phone interview. “I think there was another doctor there, but we didn’t really have a chance to introduce ourselves. I just said, ‘I’m Dr. Roe, so and so,’ and then we just dived on top of the guy and started giving him CPR.”
Rep. Mulvaney told TheDC that Roe rushed to the man’s side and began CPR immediately.
“He literally had just collapsed and Phil ran over there and I believe there was a nurse in the same area and Phil was on this guy [so fast],” Mulvaney said in a phone interview. “I bet the guy wasn’t down probably 30 seconds before Phil was taking care of him. They gave him CPR for like 5 or 6 minutes. They pumped his chest pretty good. It was work, it was pretty intimidating to watch.”
When paramedics arrived shortly thereafter, their emergency equipment showed the man had flat lined. Mulvaney said the man was not breathing and his heart had stopped. He was legally dead.
“The guy was dead,” Mulvaney said. “There’s no question.”