Woman Saves Man's Life, Then Finishes Triathlon

Teresa McCoy hopped back on bike after ambulance took him away

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 1, 2011 6:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – A hero in Florida yesterday saved a man’s life … then promptly hopped back on her bike and finished the triathlon she was competing in. Teresa McCoy, a 37-year-old nurse, met the man before the race began and spoke to him briefly. As she was about to finish the triathlon’s bike portion, she saw him again—on the ground, with two police officers huddled over him.

As other racers biked by, McCoy stopped and checked for a pulse. "I didn't feel one at all," she tells the St. Petersburg Times. "He wasn't looking good." She started CPR and asked for a defibrillator. "As soon as we shocked him, he came to," she says. As he was being loaded into the ambulance, McCoy resumed the race, and was happy to learn after finishing that the man survived and is expected to recover.

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