MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A teary eyed Jim Alexander met the stranger who saved his life Friday for the first time.
Earlier this week, Alexander collapsed while mowing his lawn. Gabe Shallouf, 19, happened to be passing by his home. Shallouf noticed something wasn't quite right and jumped into action, performing CPR on Alexander for nine minutes until paramedics arrived.
“I was worrying it wouldn’t work. Just glad it was working after awhile, he was purple then he’d come back then go back to being purple - you could tell it was working,” Shallouf said.
“He gives you a real source of pride, you’d like to think everybody would do that but not everybody has the training and not everybody takes the risk,” Alexander said.
Alexander still can't pinpoint what caused his collapse. His cardiologist says it's incredible Alexander had no brain or heart damage after the life saving procedure.
“He was able to carry complete sentences and pick up nuances and sense of humor. It was amazing - as if nothing had happened,” said Dr. Phillip Au, a Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center cardiologist.
“It was a timing issue - he had to be there at the right time or we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Alexander said.
The doctor called the teen a hero and applauded the teenager for performing perfect CPR on Alexander.