Nurse Teresa McCoy Saves Life During Triathlon, Then Finishes Race

Teresa McCoy, a Florida nurse, paused in a triathlon race to give CPR to a fellow racer, saving his life.

A triathlon normally involves biking, swimming, and cycling. But at the Meek and Mighty Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla., participant Teresa McCoy took part in an extra surprise event: CPR.

Before the race began, McCoy, who works as a nurse at Tampa General Hospital’s cardiac lab, had talked briefly with a fellow runner. As she was finishing the cycling part of the triathlon, she spotted him again—lying on the ground.

Two police officers were already surrounding him, but they weren’t sure what to do. Luckily, McCoy was: She discovered that the man had no pulse, and immediately sprung into action by administering CPR. She requested a defibrillator, which one of the officers had in his trunk.

“As soon as we shocked him, he came to,” McCoy told the St. Petersburg Times.

When an ambulance came to take the man to the hospital, there was nothing more McCoy could do to help, so she returned to the triathlon. After her lifesaving detour, she didn’t have much chance of winning the race, but she feels pretty good about the day nonetheless.

“I’m so glad he’s alive,” McCoy said, after learning that the man was expected to make a full recovery. “I know that God put me where I was supposed to be today. It’s like I was his angel today.”

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