CPR saves man's life at gym

CPR saves man's life at gym

The beginning of this story was almost the end for George Liberatore.

"A white splash of light went through my eyes," said Liberatore. "I had no pulse, no heartbeat for five minutes." The 72-year-old was at Anytime Fitness back on February 4. He was minutes into a cardio routine on an elliptical when he collapsed onto the floor in cardiac arrest.  

"The next thing I remember is being loaded up into the ambulance," Liberatore said. There's no question Libertore is alive today because of the quick action of the stranger on the treadmill nearby.

"I just wanted to help," said Brittany Sabin. "Right away, I didn't even think twice. It's just you go help." Sabin was in the right place at the right time. She's a cardiovascular/ICU nurse at Aurora St. Luke's Hospital. 

"That young lady is just my angel, no question about it," Liberatore said. Sabin started CPR and even trained another stranger at the gym to help.

"You go two inches deep and go to the snap of my finger. I was going to the song "Stayin' Alive'' and that's how he did it," Sabin said. After a frightening five minutes Sabin got Libertore's heart beating again. It's a scenario she never thought she'd face outside of work. It's a clear reminder for all of us about the importance of being CPR certified.

"Not just nurses save lives, people in the community do every day. So, go get CPR certified," Sabin said. 

"I can't thank her enough. She saved my life. She will forever be in my heart and prayers," Liberatore said. 

A couple organizations that offer CPR certification in Lubbock include the American Red Cross and Health and Safety Solutions. 

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