Best Girlfriend Ever? Woman Saves BF With CPR

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010  |  Updated 11:12 PM CDT
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A Lifesaving Girlfriend

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Robin Fertig might be an early front-runner for "Girlfriend of the Year."

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A Lifesaving Girlfriend

Robin Fertig might be an early front-runner for "Girlfriend of the Year."
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Robin Fertig might be an early front-runner for "Girlfriend of the Year."

Fertig found her boyfriend, Monty Suttle, unconscious in the backyard of his Westworth Village home last month while bringing him a glass of iced tea.

She said she saw he wasn't moving, ran inside to grab her mobile phone and called 911. She put the call on speaker phone and let the dispatcher coach her through CPR.

The dispatcher can be heard on a recording of the 911 call calmly telling Fertig how to place her hands.

"Listen carefully. I'm going to tell you how to do chest compressions, OK?" the dispatcher said. "Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone in the center of his chest, right between the nipples. Put your other hand on top of that hand. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Don't stop until they take over. Don't stop until they take over. Keep going, you're doing a good job."

Fertig performed CPR until medics arrived. First responders were able to get Suttle's heart going again and cooled his temperature to prevent any brain damage. Doctors told Suttle his heart stopped pumping.

He said he doesn't remember anything from that June day.

"I guess I became disoriented, and I just ended up on the ground," he said.

Suttle is back home after a few weeks in the hospital and after doctors put in a defibrillator in his chest. Suttle said he's lucky Fertig was there to save his life.

"I consider myself blessed; I really do," he said.

"I believe God puts everything together for his benefit, so do I believe God put me here for a reason? Yes," Fertig said.

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