Their "first kiss" was one man's saving grace. During a couple's first date, a woman saved a man's life after performing CPR when he collapsed.
Andi Traynor, 45, was on the beach in Santa Cruz, with her date, Max Montgomery, 56, when he went into cardiac arrest. Andi, an anesthesiologist, immediately began to perform CPR when she couldn't find the content creator's pulse.
Prior to his collapse, Max spent the morning surfing. While paddling, he felt a burning sensation in his chest and later felt tired as he exited the water. On the California-based beach, Andi spent 7 minutes performing CPR while she waited for an ambulance to arrive, after which medical personnel revived him with a defibrillator and rushed him to Dominican Hospital.
Following his hospital trip, Max underwent bypass surgery after doctors determined he had multiple blockages in his coronary artery. Though the first-date couple may have had an initial scare, the two are still going strong after 10 months. Nothing says "I love you" like saving a person's life.
In an interview with Mirror UK, Max told the magazine what he remembers of the day: "I woke up in the ambulance and there was a guy leaning over me. He asked me did I know what happened. I said: 'Yeah I think I’ve had a heart attack, how embarrassing.'"
He added, “It was embarrassing because I finally told this woman I really liked I had a crush on her and she had said it back."
Afraid of losing out on love, Max called his future girlfriend and apologized for collapsing. Andi revealed, “It was an incredible sense of relief to hear his voice." She continued: "I was just so relieved because I was so upset that I had just met this amazing person and now he could be gone.”
The mother-of-two stuck by his side and visited him in the hospital as he recovered from surgery. The two have since been dating and finally the couple got the kiss both of them were hoping for.
Andi revealed, "A few weeks after his surgery, he was recuperating and we were on the beach just talking, [and] I said, ‘You can kiss me for real now.’” Max answered, "My heart has been healed inside and out. I feel very blessed."
With their story going viral, the couple even started a non-profit organization, Paddle4Good. True love seems to have been found in the most unconventional circumstances.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter users reacted to the love story heard around the internet.
This tweeter had thought this story was very reminiscent of another classic. Yes, we will never forget one of the best story moments in The Sandlot, when Squints finally "got" Wendy Peffercorn.
Is CPR one way to get a date? Well, in this story, there was luckily a happy ending.
Apparently, this tweeter thinks you can now use the situation as a pickup line for a second date.
As were most of us, this woman was inspired by the heartfelt story.
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