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A doctor in the House



Homan State Rep. Ed Homan was listening to the insurance debate Monday afternoon when a deputy sergeant at arms tapped him on the shoulder.

A man has fainted on the third floor of the House Office Building. Can you help?

Homan, an orthopedic surgeon from Tampa, arrived to find an exhausted Capitol nurse giving the man CPR. Homan took over, but the man, later identified as lobbyist Damon Smith, had no pulse. "How long has this guy been like this?'" Homan asked. It had been about five minutes. Moments later, someone brought a portable defibrillator (several are stored at the capitol) and Homan hooked it up to Smith's chest.

"Wait a minute, I think he's coming through," Homan recalled saying after administering a shock. "I feel a pulse." A stretcher arrived and Smith was rushed off to the hospital.

The nurse later called Homan to say Smith was alert at the hospital. "The odds are a lot of people don't live through something like that," Homan said, cautioning that the situation could still be serious. "Whatever happens, everybody did what they are supposed to do."

As the House paused to recognize his efforts with a standing ovation, Homan gave credit to the nurse as well.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:26pm]


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