Congressman’s CPR saves collapsed airport traveler’s life

Chalk up Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe’s Tuesday morning actions to heroism: Roe saved a man’s life with CPR after he flatlined in the Charlotte, N.C., airport.

Roe, an obstetrician before he first ran for public office, was walking through the Charlotte terminal with South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney at about 7:15 a.m. when someone yelled out, “Is anybody here a doctor? There’s a gentleman who just collapsed!”

“When I got there, he wasn’t breathing,” Rep. Roe told The Daily Caller in a phone interview. “I think there was another doctor there, but we didn’t really have a chance to introduce ourselves. I just said, ‘I’m Dr. Roe, so and so,’ and then we just dived on top of the guy and started giving him CPR.”

Rep. Mulvaney told TheDC that Roe rushed to the man’s side and began CPR immediately.

“He literally had just collapsed and Phil ran over there and I believe there was a nurse in the same area and Phil was on this guy [so fast],” Mulvaney said in a phone interview. “I bet the guy wasn’t down probably 30 seconds before Phil was taking care of him. They gave him CPR for like 5 or 6 minutes. They pumped his chest pretty good. It was work, it was pretty intimidating to watch.”

When paramedics arrived shortly thereafter, their emergency equipment showed the man had flat lined. Mulvaney said the man was not breathing and his heart had stopped. He was legally dead.

“The guy was dead,” Mulvaney said. “There’s no question.”

Roe confirmed that the man likely would not have survived if efforts to resuscitate him weren’t made immediately.

After Roe and the other physician administered CPR, he and the paramedics shocked the man with a defibrillator.

The man came back to life. His heart started again and he began breathing. Mulvaney said he was conscious but disoriented.