Two days after Christmas, Ralph Moorhouse and his wife Karen were taking a stroll near their home when Ralph collapsed from a cardiac arrest.
“No real warning, I don’t even remember leaving to go for the walk,” Moorhouse said.
Left to right: Karen Moorhouse, Ralph Moorhouse and Dr. David Persse at Houston Fire Dept. Station 8.
His wife did not know what to think at first.
“I was a mess,” Karen Moorhouse said. “I thought he was having a seizure, but when I realized he was really dead, then I just started CPR.”
Neighbors saw what she was doing and assisted. One called 9-1-1, while another relieved Karen Moorhouse and performed what’s called bystander CPR. Dr. David Persse is Houston’s EMS Director:
“You interlock your fingers, so that the palm of your hand is really on the breastbone, the sternum, and you push down an inch-and-a-half to two inches, and you do it about 100 times a minute,” Persse said.
He added that CPR is easy to learn and is a skill set you will never forget.