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.
KGWReporter MarkHanrahan contributed to this report