Retired nurse helps save patient

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A retired nurse, who is being lauded as a “good Samaritan,” helped save the life of a Community Heart and Vascular Hospital patient Dec. 8.

Barbara, whose family requested her last name not be published, collapsed because of a cardiac event as she walked through the entrance of the hospital for an appointment. Carmel resident Stephanie Schwebach, 68, a retired nurse, performed CPR on Barbara for about 30 seconds before caregivers got her to the emergency room.

Barbara said the quick response helped save her life. 

“If someone hadn’t saved me like she did and then they did, you know, it wouldn’t have been good,” Barbara said.

Afterward, Barbara sent out a public plea to find the good Samaritan who helped her. On Dec. 16, she reunited with Schwebach.

“I never expected to see (Barbara). I didn’t know if she was still alive,” Schwebach said. “I could not get her out of my mind. I thought and prayed about her for the whole week, and I was glad we were coming back for one of (Schwebach’s husband’s) appointments, because I was like, ‘I’m going ask them. As soon as I walk in that door, I’m going to find out what happened to her.’ And when they said she was alive, I just praised the Lord for that, and I had to have the privilege of meeting her and her husband. It was lovely.”

The two exchanged phone numbers, and when Barbara leaves the hospital, they plan to meet again.

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