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Wisconsin Man Thanks First Responders, Doctors Who Saved His Life

Michael Bowe, second from right, was saved after he collapsed last month at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. (Photo by Aurora Health Care)

A Wisconsin man recently got the chance to thank those who saved his life.

Michael Bowe flew into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport on Nov. 16 and was at the baggage claim when his heart stopped beating.

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Patrice Starrett, a nurse at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, and Marc Lois, an EMT, began administering CPR. First responders from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department and Milwaukee County Fire Department used a defibrillator to get Michael’s heart pumping again.

The Milwaukee Fire Department arrived and transported him to Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

It was found Michael had two large blood vessels completely blocked and underwent coronary artery bypass surgery two days later. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Fischer.

“Thanks to the quick actions of those at the scene and the expertise of Aurora St. Luke’s cardiac team, Michael is a survivor,” the hospital wrote. “Still on the road to recovery, Michael is thankful to be alive this holiday season.”

“So pleased to meet the individuals who saved my husband’s life,” said Michael’s wife, Jean. “Without you my life would be a lot different.”