Newlywed Nurse Performs CPR on a Collapsed Woman

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A newlywed nurse has rushed to perform CPR on an unconscious woman right after her wedding ceremony – while still wearing her dress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

HERO IN WHITE: Julie Stroyne and Andrew Nixon walking down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife.
HERO IN WHITE: Julie Stroyne and Andrew Nixon walking down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife. Image courtesy of Brand Studio

Just hours after tying the knot last week, Julie Stroyne and her husband Andrew Nixon encountered the commotion involving the collapsed woman at the Westin Convention Center.

“We were just about to go through the doors,” Stroyne said, “and then we heard somebody scream, ‘Does anybody know CPR? Is anybody a doctor’?'”

The 24-year-old bride, who works as a trauma nurse at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, just exactly knew what to do. She immediately dropped her flowers and started the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the woman, who looked to be in her 20s.

“I kind of forgot about the day’s activities and focused on saving this woman’s life.”

“I kind of forgot about the day’s activities and focused on saving this woman’s life,” she said.

According to bystanders, the woman, who was lying on a concrete bench, didn’t have a pulse until Stroyne took over.

“While it was happening, I wasn’t thinking much about my dress getting ripped or how funny it must have looked to see a bride run into action in her wedding dress.

“I started compressions right away. They told me she didn’t have a pulse.” Stroyne narrated.

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Not long before the paramedics arrived, Stroyne suddenly felt the woman’s pulse return and gradually came back to consciousness while being brought to the hospital.

Julie Stroyne
Julie Stroyne, giving CPR to a collapsed woman in a Pittsburgh street while still wearing her wedding dress. Image courtesy of Bob Limpert

No one could believe what just happened, but Stroyne’s mother already knew what her daughter is capable of doing.

“She happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I’m glad she was,” Sandy Stroyne, Julie’s mom, said.

Aside from her mom, Stroyne’s husband has known Julie since they were children. He said he couldn’t be any prouder of his wife, who had just saved a life.

“It was a heroic act, but I’ve known her since she was 15 and seeing what she did Saturday night didn’t surprise me at all,” Nixon said. “I’m very proud to call her my wife.”

Meanwhile, Stroyne never thought such incident would happen on her wedding night. She saved a life, after all, she’s a nurse.

Gil Wayne graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of science in nursing. He earned his license to practice as a registered nurse during the same year. His drive for educating people stemmed from working as a community health nurse. He conducted first aid training and health seminars and workshops for teachers, community members, and local groups. Wanting to reach a bigger audience in teaching, he is now a writer and contributor for Nurseslabs since 2012 while working part-time as a nurse instructor. His goal is to expand his horizon in nursing-related topics. He wants to guide the next generation of nurses to achieve their goals and empower the nursing profession.

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