Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber may have saved a life on his way to dinner last night


Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. (Jonathan J. Cooper/ AP)

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) may have saved a woman’s life Monday night when he performed CPR on her as she lay by the side of a road, according to reports.

The former emergency room doctor was on his way to dinner about 5 p.m. when he saw the woman and someone trying to help her, KGW.com reports. He had his driver pull over and  one of his security staff call paramedics as he began performing the life-saving technique. The woman was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, officials told the Oregonian. One of the paramedics who responded to the call also told the Portland paper that the woman “had possibly overdosed.”

Kitzhaber, Oregon’s longest-serving governor, is running for a fourth four-year term.

During a 2010 debate, Kitzhaber left his podium to administer first aid to a man who was apparently having a seizure, according to BlueOregon, a progressive news and commentary site.

Kitzhaber practiced emergency room medicine from 1974 to 1988, about a decade after he first took office in the state legislature.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.

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