Oregon Governor Stops Car to Aid Woman
She's expected to survive after former ER doctor gives her CPR
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 6, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber looks on during a news conference, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Salem, Ore.   (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Kobbi R. Blair)

(Newser) – On his way to dinner in Portland yesterday, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber spotted a woman unconscious along the roadside—so he halted his driver, "jumped out of the vehicle," and hurried over, a spokesperson tells the Oregonian. Making use of skills from his days as an emergency-room doctor, he administered CPR to the woman, who was not breathing. His rep tells CNN she "apparently overdosed" on heroin. Kitzhaber had one of his guards call for medical help, and the woman had her heartbeat restored with a defibrillator. She's since been hospitalized and is expected to survive, says a fire official.

"The governor wishes her well and hopes that she seeks treatment in order to avoid the bad situation she was faced with today," his office tells KGW. Kitzhaber took similar action on the campaign trail in 2010. During a debate, an audience member had a seizure, CNN reports. The debate was paused as Kitzhaber ran to the man to help him until medics could get there. Oh, and he also trapped an intruder in a revolving door in 2005. (He and Sen. Cory Booker might have a lot to talk about.)

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May 7, 2014 2:21 AM CDT
Matt, you forgot something: John Albert Kitzhaber is the 37th and current Governor of Oregon. A member of the Democratic Party , Kitzhaber has served three nonconsecutive terms as Governor, from 1995 to 2003 and a third term since 2011.
May 6, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
3 cheers for Gov. John Kitzhaber ! Now THIS is the kind of story we want to hear about our politicians / leaders.
May 6, 2014 3:05 PM CDT
Seriously, once you get EMT into your blood, it just jumps out of you, trying to help, knowing you can help. But ya gotta make sure your state has a Good Samaritan Law, first.