A doctor who presented research on the importance of CPR during the American Heart Association’s resuscitation conference in Chicago proved her point hours later, saving a man who collapsed in a hotel lobby.
Monique Anderson, M.D., was talking with another doctor about the importance of fast response to cardiac emergencies while leaving a reception Sunday night when they saw a middle-age man face down on the ground.
Anderson and three other doctors ran to him, rolled him over and saw that his face was ashen. He was not breathing and had no pulse.
Anderson -- who had never performed CPR outside a hospital setting -- quickly yelled out instructions to one of the doctors to call 9-1-1 and started chest compressions. After a few rounds, the man sat up and said, "I'm OK, I'm OK," Anderson said.