On April 2, Andrew Langlois’ elderly next-door neighbors, Dolores and Sidney Morton, were resting after lunch when Sidney’s scream tore through the quiet afternoon. Sidney Morton got a second chance to live after his neighbor Andrew Langlois used CPR to save him from a cardiac
arrest. In the process he healed a long time rift between neighbors.
Dolores Morton called 911, but, in panic, ran outside her home to find help. Andrew just happened to be walking by on his way to work. “I don’t know what I was expecting; I was just yelling for help,” Dolores Morton, 79, recalled Sunday. “He could’ve run the other way. You never know. He came in and just took over.” Andrew entered their home and found that Sidney Morton, 83, couldn’t breathe and still had food in his mouth. He pulled 285-pound Sidney Morton out of a chair and onto the floor. He performed the Heimlich maneuver to clear Morton’s throat and followed that with two rounds of chest compressions to restore and stabilize his heart beat before paramedics arrived. Afterward, he stayed another half hour with Dolores Morton to calm her down.
Sidney Morton’s heart stopped twice more in the ambulance and at St. John Medical Center, but his wife credits Andrew’s initial resuscitation for keeping her husband of 60 years alive. For over a decade Morton and Andrews’s father have had a tense relationship. However, Andrew brushed aside the differences and mowed the Morton’s lawn and now keeps a good relationship with the older couple.
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