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.More from the Daily Caller.
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.
“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.”No small irony someone named Roe just saved a life.
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.”