Tigard man says “thank you for giving me life”

On January 25, 63-year-old Tigard resident Paul Teyler jogged to the Tigard Public Library and was reading a magazine when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. Teyler, a pastor who jogs regularly, has had no prior cardiac issues and doesn’t have a family history of heart disease.

Fortunately for Teyler, the chain-of-survival was implemented quickly and thanks to all the links in the chain coming together, he is alive and well today. Dr. Bruce Powell, a Hillsboro neurologist was in the library that day and began CPR. Sean Garvey, a librarian who had just been trained the week before to use the library’s portable AED ran to retrieve it. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West treated and transported Mr. Teyler to Legacy Meridian Park where emergency room, cath lab and ICU staff intervened. Treatment included deploying a stent and opening an artery that was 95% blocked. Teyler went home one week later and is well on his way to a full recovery.

Read the Tualatin Times article:  http://portlandtribune.com/ttt/89-news/128669-two-men-awarded-life-saver-honor