A few minutes later I heard her voice calling for me but I could not see her through the red, white, and pink poinsettias, lights, and displays that filled the room.
â€œJanine, Janine! A woman is on the floor! She fell!â€
I tried in vain to see her across the room.
Someone from the crowd yelled out, â€œIs there a doctor?â€ I ran to find a woman collapsed on the floor.
The woman looked to be mid thirty. My medical instincts took over and, in a matter of seconds, I had taken note of her various symptoms. Her color was bad -- pale, mottled, almost bluing. No apparent sign of breathing. I checked for a pulse at her wrist, then neck, and found none.
The fragility and amazement of life flashed through my mind -- the woman looked too young and healthy for this. And now here we were. The paths of two strangers had converged into one as I tried to save a life suddenly and inexplicably in danger.
After confirming that an ambulance had been called, I began to do CPR.I blew the staircase breaths into her and compressed her chest. More breathsâ€¦more compression. A man next to me asked if he could help so I tasked him with administering the compressions while I breathed for her.
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