Episcopal Life Convention Daily
Tuesday, 11 July 2000  

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In the midst of life....

The Rev. David Anderson, a board member of the AAC from Newport Beach, Calif., thought he was sneaking away from General Convention for the weekend to attend a family reunion in Redmond, Washington. Instead, he found himself one of the first people on the scene of a automobile accident involving a badly-injured woman. Only he and another witness, an anesthesiologist, knew how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The doctor established an airway while Anderson administered closed-chest compression for more than 25 minutes before the ambulance arrived. "It felt like an eternity," Anderson said. "We were both covered with blood. It's hard to pray and count to five at the same time." The 22-year-old woman's heart re-started, but paramedics told Anderson that she was on full life support and not expected to survive. "Life can change in a second," Anderson observed.

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