Unplanned Kiss Saved His Life: Max Montgomery's Heart Stopped On The Beach But Not Forever

Date August 31, 2018

When paddleboard instructor Max Montgomery sent out an invitation to friends on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to join him in training for a paddling marathon, he had no idea that fate had other plans. After four paddle sessions with Andi Traynor, Montgomery began to feel a burning sensation in his chest.

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I kept saying 'Just make it to the car, make it to the car', and I said 'I need to put the board down', and I put the board down and then boom! that was it.

Montgomery passed out right on the beach. Thankfully, Traynor happened to be a medical doctor who knew CPR. She immediately got to work on Max and did not stop for at least 17 minutes until his pulse returned.

What started out as a friendly adventure turned out to be the couple’s first kiss and the start of a beautiful relationship. In a way, their first kiss actually saved Montgomery’s life, and he is looking forward to more kisses.

That first kiss being CPR was obviously very magical because here I am. And I'm very grateful that I'm able to experience further kisses.

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Together, Montgomery and Traynor find opportunities to teach people CPR and basic emergency response.

About 383,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen every year, and 88% of them happen at home. In most cases, first responders are family members or friends. Sadly, only about 32% of people who suffer cardiac arrests outdoors get CPR from bystanders.

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Organizations like The American Heart Association train about 12 million Americans every year on CPR. The number may pale in relation to the population of the entire country, but it is a step in the right direction and goes a long way in saving millions of lives.

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