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Sailors save veteran’s life at zoo

Ensign Janean Wujek and Stephanie MoorSAN DIEGO – Two Navy sailors visiting the San Diego Zoo with family stumbled upon an unconscious man and worked together to save his life, Navy officials said.

The incident happened the day after Thanksgiving. Ensign Janean Wujek and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Stephanie Moor of the Naval Medical Center San Diego were on their way to see the Zoo’s hippopotamus exhibit when they saw a group of concerned people.

“As I approached, I noticed a man approximately 65 years of age lying lifelessly on the ground. I informed [the bystanders] that I was a corpsman from the Cardiac Rehab Clinic at NMCSD and asked if they wanted help,” said Moor.

“There was a woman saying, ‘Stop, don’t go over there! There is a man getting CPR.’ My mind clicked into nurse mode, and I immediately ran over,” Wujek said. “When I arrived, the victim was not breathing. He was blue as a blueberry and had a thready pulse, so we continued with chest compressions and rescue breathing.”

The victim was identified as Navy veteran James Thompson from Clearbrook, Minn. He was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital where he spent eight days after having surgery to implant a pacemaker defibrillator, Navy spokesman John Philip Wagner Jr. said.

“[Thompson] was a walking time bomb, and he was lucky that it happened when he had expert people to help him,” said Debbie Andreen, a family friend.

“I’m at a loss for words. Their dedication to duty – it’s awesome. Coming to the aid of a complete stranger – I would just like to say thank you for their help,” said Thompson.

Thompson was released from the hospital, Wagner said.  As for Moor and Wujek, they were honored with a standing ovation at the NMCSD Director, Department Head and Senior Enlisted Leaders meeting.

“I am incredibly proud of Ensign Wujek and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Moor.  They represent what Navy medicine is all about – saving lives and making a difference for those who need our help,” said Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III, commander of NMCSD and Navy Medicine West.

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    December 11, 2012 at 3:40 AM

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    Seamus said:
    December 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Go Navy!

    scott miller said:
    December 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    being in the right place at the right time is always a critical thing……… congrats to both on a job well done, your dedication and training helped save a navy vet's life!!!!

    JAMES THOMPSON said:
    December 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    MY NAME IS JAMES THOMPSON AND I AM THE MAN WHO'S LIFE WAS SAVED BY THESE TWO NURSE'S I JUST WANT TO SAY "THANK YOU" TO THE TWO ANGELES THAT SAVED MY LIFE. I AM NOW BACK IN MN. AND FEEL GOOD. I EXPECT TO LIVE MANY MORE YEARS AND ENJOY MY GRAND KIDS AS THEY GROW UP THANKS TO THESE TWO NURSE'S THANK YOU AGAIN AND GOD BLESS JIM THOMPSON

    Grace Harding said:
    December 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Outstanding job, Navy. Ensign Wujek and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Moor are added to our Hero list. God Bless you.

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