When a Staten Island doctor heard a scream for help as he ran the New York City Marathon, he sprinted toward the voice instead of the finish line.
Theodore Strange found an unconscious woman, the Staten Island Advance, reported. “She was losing her color and she was foaming at the mouth,” Strange told the outlet. “And she didn’t have any [pulse].”
Sacrificing his own performance in the marathon, Strange gave the woman CPR and worked with emergency responders to give her a defibrillator, the Advance reported.
Those initial attempts did not restore the woman’s breathing, but “after two or three more shocks” from the responders’ equipment, “she was breathing on her own,” he told the outlet.
Strange serves as the vice chair of primary care of Northwell Health and the vice president of medical operations of Staten Island University Hospital, according to Northwell Health’s website.
The woman, who remained unconscious, was transported to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, while Strange finished the race in 5:16:47 — well over the four hours he was shooting for before he encountered the woman, according to the outlet.
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“My concern was to make sure the woman was okay,” explained Strange, who told the Advance that he heard that the woman was getting better.
“It was a surreal moment,” he said about finding his family during the race after the medical ordeal. “When I reached them, I honestly broke down.”
“This is my father — he is humble and passionate about what he does,” his daughter Victoria Strange told the Advance. “Another year in the books and another day of my father doing what he does best: being a superhero and saving lives.”
On Sunday, Mary Keitany of Kenya won the women’s division of the marathon for the fourth time, posting a time of two hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s group with a time of two hours, five minutes, 59 seconds.