Max Montgomery posted on Facebook asking people to train with him for a marathon paddleboard event in New York City. Andi Traynor was one that answered. After their fourth paddle session, Montgomery felt a burning in his chest and collapsed on the shore.
Montgomery went into cardiac arrest and didn't have a heartbeat for 17 minutes. However, Traynor is a doctor and knew exactly what to do to keep him alive. She did CPR and mouth-to-mouth to keep him alive until EMTs arrived. The EMTs had to give six defibrillator shocks to get Montgomery's heart going again.
"Anything can happen at any time to anyone. 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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