“The crowd cheered as Bill Amirault neared the finish line of the Key West Half Marathon in Florida. Suddenly, he felt faint and had tunnel vision, so he slowed to walk. Then he collapsed.
Fellow runners and bystanders rushed to him. Luckily, the first three people to reach him were all nurses. They directed someone to call 911 and started CPR. They saved Bill’s life.
“I remember lying down on the ground, then everything went black,” Bill, 45, recalled.
“Bill was purple and had labored breathing,” said Robbie, a nurse anesthetist from South Florida who kept Bill’s airway open until emergency help arrived. Emergency medical technicians used an automated external defibrillator, or AED, to shock Bill’s heart back into a normal rhythm.
American Heart Association guidelines for CPR recommend that anyone who sees an adult collapse should call 911 and provide chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.”