Attleboro's James Kitsock, 42, is being credited with saving the life of Maria Costa at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish on Linden St. after she stopped breathing during a Mass on May 15.
"I walked up and I noticed that her head was turned down and everything was limp on her," described Kitsock. "At that point I checked for a pulse but couldn't get a pulse."
So Kitsock began chest compressions while another parishioner dialed 911. After the first round of CPR was unsuccessful, the presiding priest began administering last rites. It's when Kitsock began another round of chest compressions that Costa began to come to.
"At one point the whole church started to say the ‘Our Father' out loud," remembers Kitsock. "I started feeling her hands, and her eyes came around and at that point I knew she was breathing again."
EMTs arrived and checked Costa's vitals before transporting her to the hospital. She was released later that evening.
Kitsock met her at Mass the following week and when he asked how she was, she apologized for interrupting Mass, though she said it with a smile.
Kitsock told NBC 10 that he took a CPR class about a decade ago that was offered by his employer while he was working for Federal Court in Boston. This was the first time he has ever performed CPR.
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