GRESHAM, Ore. -- On a Tuesday afternoon in late January, Greg Campau found his wife laying face down near the kitchen of the home they were cleaning. She wasn’t breathing.
His wife, Janine Campau, cleans houses for a living. On January 29, she was working at a home outside of Wilsonville, when she suffered a heart attack.
“I checked for a pulse and I realized her heart had stopped,” Greg said.
Greg, who was with her to help out, dialed 911 and then started cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. He learned the life-saving technique nearly 30 years ago.
“I just knew that’s what I had to do to keep her alive,” he said. “I just knew it.”
For 19 minutes, Greg said, he continued chest compressions until paramedics arrived and took over.
They eventually used a defibrillator to get Janine’s heart to beat again before taking her to Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin.
After five days, Janine regained consciousness, Greg said.
“Well, I think it’s a great thing,” Janine said of her husband’s actions. “Husbands and wives should learn CPR in case anything happens.”
It’s a message Greg says he’ll now spread to others.
“Absolutely, learn how to do CPR,” he said. “It’s so simple and if you think about it, the life you save may be the one you love the most.”
Janine was released after 11 days in the hospital. She doesn't’t remember much from that day.
“I can’t even imagine it happening,” she said. “I never even imagined being sick.”
KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report