We thought you might enjoy this true story feature by J.L. Kimmel

Wonderful article by J.L. Kimmel,
author of The Magic Gown and The Yawning Rabbit River Chronicle

It has been two and half years since I helped save a stranger's life...

It was wintertime and holiday season in New Jersey. In a beautiful holiday specialty market, in the midst of a bustling crowd, I was having a children’s book signing event for my book, The Magic Gown. Children could color their own world behind the magic doorway in the tree while they waited to see Santa Claus.

I had my remarkable assistant, ten year old Emma, with me for the event. She was dressed in a one of kind, handmade, couture costume as Nizella the Fairy Queen fromThe Magic Gown. Emma had ventured through the loud, crowded room, to retrieve some hot chocolate for us.

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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.

“Janine, Janine! A woman is on the floor! She fell!”

I tried in vain to see her across the room.

Someone from the crowd yelled out, “Is there a doctor?” 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 breaths…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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