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

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