Pittsburgh newlyweds, Andrew Nixon and Julie Stroyne Nixon, left their wedding reception at almost midnight intending to check into their hotel. As luck would have it, just before they headed through the hotel’s doors, someone shouted, “Does anybody know CPR? Is anybody a doctor?” Still in her wedding gown, Julie, a trauma nurse at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, headed over to help. On a park bench was a woman barely breathing.
“I looked over, and I think my nursing instincts took over,” she recalls. She began to administer CPR. “I started compressions right away. They told me she didn’t have a pulse.” Little by little, the woman regained consciousness. Julie stayed with her and tried to make sure she didn’t fall. By the time paramedics arrived, the woman was doing much better.
Having known Julie since childhood, her husband offers, “Nothing quite compares with saving a life. It was a heroic act, but I’ve known her for long enough, I’m not surprised at all.”
Julie adds, “It really did seem that we were in the right place at the right time.”
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