June 25, 2018
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Woman thanked by man she saved after heart attack on treadmill

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A 65-year-old New Hampshire man who went into cardiac arrest and collapsed while on a fitness club treadmill is thanking the worker who saved his life.

John Foster of Rye told the Portsmouth Herald he’s grateful Whitni Hendley was working on Nov. 15 at the Planet Fitness club in Portsmouth. The 22-year-old Hendley came to his aid after he stopped breathing. She used a defibrillator and CPR on Foster to help him regain a pulse. The York Beach, Maine, resident visited him in the hospital Tuesday.

Dr. Robert Helm at Portsmouth Regional Hospital said Foster had a congenital bicuspid aortic value. That means the value only had two flaps to control blood flow from the heart. There normally are three. Foster is recovering after undergoing surgery last week.

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