Governor of Oregon Peforms CPR, Saves a Woman’s Life

(Photo: Office of Gov. Kitzhaber)

John Kitzhaber is the current Governor of the State of Oregon. He’s held that office since 2011, as well as terms from 1995-2003.

Gov. Kitzhaber is also Dr. Kitzhaber. By trade, he’s an emergency room physician.

(Photo via KGW)

While riding in his car through Portland on Monday, he saw a woman lying by the side of the road, unconscious. He ordered his driver to pull over. Then the Governor jumped out and ran to the woman. She was not breathing, so he performed CPR on her. Paramedics arrived a few minutes later and took over. They took her to the hospital. Doctors expect that she will survive.

(Image via Oregon Blue)

But there’s more! This is not the first time that Gov. Kitzhaber is undertaken emergency medical duties while in office. During a 2010 gubernatorial debate, he rushed from his podium when a woman in the audience had a seizure:

"I heard someone say, 'Is there a doctor in the house?'" Kitzhaber said after that episode. "I thought they were kidding and then I looked up and there was someone obviously in distress. And so the old ER reflex kicked in."

-via Huffington Post

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Strong contender for the best debate performance in history. "I'd like a moment to respond to my opponents comments ... but FIRST ... allow me to publicly save this person in distress."
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