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Maybe he should ask his cardiologist about implanted cardio defibrillators?

Wife's Knowledge of CPR Helps Save Her Husband a Second Time


By Andrew Meacham
Tampa Bay Times
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
ST. PETERSBURG

Barbara Sweda knew something was wrong with her husband Saturday morning.

Gerald Sweda, 69, had just returned to their car from downtown's Saturday market.

Then he went silent, wouldn't answer his wife's questions and started breathing roughly.

A retired nurse who had worked in coronary care, Barbara Sweda, 63, knew she had little time to act.

Her husband was having a heart attack.

This wasn't the first time she had seen that look in her husband's face.

One evening in 2005, Gerald Sweda slumped to the floor of their condo as his wife cleaned up from dinner.

She gave him CPR. He woke up before help arrived. He lived.

Now it was happening again.

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