Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:35 AM by Matt Stafford
Updated: Aug 7, 2012 2:47 PM
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) - A 76-year-old Oregon man got tears in his eyes when he thanked the 19-year-old stranger who saved his life with what a doctor calls "perfect CPR."
Earlier this week, Jim Alexander collapsed while mowing the lawn at his home in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie. Gabe Shallouf was driving by with his mother when he spotted the man, ran to his side and began CPR.
Dr. Phillip Au is a cardiologist at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, where Alexander was treated. He says the young man gave CPR for five to eight minutes before medics arrived and Alexander suffered no significant damage at all.
The doctor calls the outcome "amazing."
Alexander and Shallouf shook hands Friday outside the hospital. Said the older man, "You'd like to think everyone would do that, but not everyone has the training and not everyone would take the risk."