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Nurses credited with saving runner's life during half marathon in Rochester

Nurses credited with saving runner's life during half marathon in Rochester

They weren't on the clock — but that didn't stop four Mayo Clinic nurses from saving someone's life this past weekend.

Megan Kluczny, Matt Goens, Lorelei Hanson and Ann Nepstad (left to right in the photo) were participating in the inaugural Med City Fall Half Marathon on Sunday when they came across a runner in cardiac arrest at mile marker 12. Equipped with years of medical training, the nurses knew exactly what to do.

They performed chest compressions on the 56-year-old runner until paramedics arrived. The man was transported to the hospital, where he is now listed in stable condition.

"As runners, it pays to know CPR," said race organizer Peg Arnold. "They saved someone's life yesterday."

As if that wasn't enough, all four nurses continued on to finish the 13.1 mile race.


About Sean Baker: Sean is the founder and editor of the Med City Beat. Under his direction, the site has transitioned from a small news blog to one of the most widely-read publications in the city. Prior to launching the site in 2014, Sean spent about two years producing television news in Green Bay and Rochester. His office is above a brewery, so please excuse any typos. Twitter.


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