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Nanaimo man honoured for saving a life

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A Nanaimo man has been honoured for performing lifesaving CPR on his girlfriend. Michael Oldfield was given a Vital Link Award on Thursday by BC Emergency Health Services.

Oldfield performed more than eight minutes of CPR on 36-year-old Kathy O’Leary when she suffered a serious cardiac arrest and collapsed in her kitchen on January 23, 2014. The 42-year-old placed a frantic 9-1-1 call and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Aaron Hunger was the one who answered. Oldfield had no CPR training, and he says Hunger talked him through the entire procedure.

Hunger says Oldfield’s effort was nothing short of incredible.

Paramedics arrived quickly and rushed O’Leary to hospital in Victoria. She has since fully recovered, and today the couple thanked all the first responders who helped save her life. They have since taken a CPR course and say it’s something everyone should do, because you never know.

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