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Jim Joyce’s CPR training from 30 years ago saved a woman’s life


Jim Joyce's CPR Training Saved A Woman’s Life
Jim Joyce's CPR Training Saved A Woman’s Life

Nearly a year has passed since veteran Arizona Diamondbacks employee Jane Powers passed out before her shift at Chase Field. She experienced an arrhythmia episode soon before a game. Soon after describing her dizziness to a coworker, Powers passed out.


Jim Joyce, a famously errant umpire who once prevented a major league pitcher from pitching a perfect game, was exiting the tunnel when he noticed Powers tumbling to the ground.


Although Joyce had only used CPR once before, nearly 30 years ago, when he was a young lifeguard and just finished his CPR training, he had no trouble recalling what to do when he saw Powers writhing on the ground.


She wasn't breathing, which he discovered as soon as he examined her vital signs. He acted immediately and started performing hands-only CPR by rapidly and forcefully pushing in the middle of her chest.


Then, he recalled that his daughter Keri, a nursing student, had informed him about hands-only CPR, so he started performing compressions to the tune of "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.


Paramedics eventually came and took over CPR. Since then, Powers has made it her personal goal to aid in raising awareness of the value of understanding CPR. She's made it a custom to incorporate CPR instruction into her birthday celebrations.


Powers wants you to know that anyone has the potential to save a life. Call 911 and then press quickly and forcefully in the middle of the chest of the adult you see collapse, preferably to the tune of "Stayin' Alive."



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