KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — A Kansas cardiologist says a school principal who performed CPR on one of his patients helped save the man’s life.
WDAF-TV reports that 70-year-old John Williams was stricken Aug. 18 outside Turner Sixth Grade Academy in Kansas City, Kansas, where he had to gone to pick up a child.
A secretary alerted principal Miranda Hoit that a man had collapsed in the parking lot. Hoit found Williams unresponsive and began CPR while others called 911.
Williams was in a coma for eight days and awoke Wednesday at Providence Medical Center. Dr. Hector Rodriguez, a cardiologist, said Williams has a damaged heart and is prone to arrhythmia. Without Hoit’s actions, the doctor says, Williams “would not be here today.”
Williams said he’s feeling pretty good, but can’t believe he missed eight days.