CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A man collapses in a Cape Coral neighborhood, with no pulse, slipping away by the second. A driver saw what was happening, and helped revive him before paramedics arrived. And she just happened to be a recent nursing school graduate!
21 year-old Melyssa Spoke said she'd never actually done CPR on anyone other than a dummy until Thursday afternoon. She's just thankful she found him when she did.
Most days, you'll find Melyssa working at Sonny's on Pine Island Road. But her dream is to work at a hospital. "I've put 32 applications so far," Spoke said. "i'm working on it. They all want experience."
Saving a life definitely counts as experience. Melyssa was driving down Southeast 24th Avenue when she spotted a man trying to help his brother, who was clearly in trouble.
"Right in the median was a guy just laying in the middle of the road and the car pulled over," Spoke recalled, "and he was purple, bright purple."
"I ran over, told him to call 911, and just started CPR. I kept going and going and going. Eventually, he took a gasp and that kept me, go go go, come on, you're doing it."
A neighbor also ran out to help with compressions until police and paramedics arrived.
"I felt like I could do it and I knew I could help him," Spoke said. "I just wanted to hear him breathe."
Neighbor Rachel Bergen watched it all happen.
"I saw officers pressing on his chest, trying to get air into him," Bergen said. "I thought he was dying, I was like, oh my gosh, I am watching somebody die, this is scary."
Her mother, Joanne, is CPR certified, and now wants to make sure Rachel gets certified too.
"Hopefully, his life was saved because of her," Joanne said.
As for Melyssa, she's more passionate than ever to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. And she's off to a pretty good start.
"All I can do is pray for him now, hope he's okay," Spoke said.
Melyssa didn't get the man's name, and due to HIPPA rules, we weren't able to try to find him either. But, she'd love to see how he's doing, and hopes someday he'll stop by Sonny's for a meal.