Council Woman Saves Customer in Restaurant

Posted by cocreator on November 08, 2013
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A Dallas city councilwoman saved the life of a fellow diner who had a medical emergency inside a restaurant.

“I’m just glad I was able to help and that the outcome was good,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates, who is a registered nurse and the daughter of NFL Hall of Famer and Dallas Cowboy legend Roger Staubach.

Gates was just finishing up her salmon dinner at The Mercury at the corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane when her waiter approached with an urgent question.

“Our waiter had come to the table and said, ‘Is anybody here trained medically?'” she said.

A man in the back of the restaurant appeared to be choking, and other patrons were already trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

Gates, who has not worked full time in health care for 20 years, began assessing the man and determined that he did not appear to have a pulse.

“He was in distress,” she said. “I was really worried about him.”

Gates and other people in the restaurant helped move the man to the floor, and she then began administering CPR for what she estimates to be between two to three minutes.

Finally, the man lurched, began to vomit and began to breathe, she said.

“She really was a hero,” said Moe Shayeghi, manager of The Mercury, who witnessed the entire incident.

Paramedics arrived and the man, at the urging of Gates, was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The man is the father-in-law of a server at The Mercury, Shayeghi said. He is home now and recovering from the ordeal.

“Without a doubt, without a doubt, if she wasn’t here that night, I don’t think the outcome would be the same,” Shayeghi said. “I think he would have been gone. She saved a life.”

For her part, Gates does not agree with the “hero” claim.

“I’m just relieved I was able to help,” she said. “I was comfortable with my past training, and I could make a difference. But, again, I think anybody with that background would have stepped in and done the same thing.”

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Doctor & Paramedics Save Politician in Elevator

Posted by cocreator on May 13, 2009
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We will be reporting on lives saved around the world since our first documented life saved here in Singapore.

The Texas House adjourned abruptly Tuesday night after state Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, was found collapsed in a Capitol elevator.

A House sergeant at arms, Jennifer Irby, said she had found Kuempel, 66, in an elevator about 10:30 p.m. It’s unknown how long he was in the elevator before he was found.

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, an anesthesiologist who was called to help revive Kuempel.

Rep. Edmund Kuempel the Survivor

Rep. Edmund Kuempel the Survivor

Zerwas said that when he reached Kuempel, he was unresponsive, was not breathing and had no pulse. Zerwas said he oversaw CPR until EMS arrived.

Zerwas and paramedics used CPR and a defibrillator to resuscitate Kuempel, shocking him eight times before they established a steady pulse.

By the time Kuempel left for the hospital, he had a heart rhythm and a pulse, and though he was not breathing entirely on his own, he had “some spontaneous breathing,” Zerwas said.

Lawmakers in the House immediately adjourned upon learning of Kuempel’s collapse. They huddled, many crying, praying and waiting outside the Capitol elevator shaft where Kuempel was found.

He is reported, as of Wednesday morning,to be in stable condition but that the next 24 to 48 hours will be critical for him.


State Rep. Edmund Kuempel says he’ll be back for the end of the session festivities.

“There’s no question that I will be back on sine die, if I have any strength at all,” Kuempel said Monday.

“I feel good now — weak — but good,” he said. He jokes about returning to his birth weight after having lost so much weight in recent days.

“I could be back for hugs and kisses for sine die,” said Kuempel, known for his wit and daily kisses for his female colleagues.

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