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Bystanders help save woman's life at 10K race

05/14/2012 09:45 EDT | Updated 07/14/2012 05:12 EDT

A nurse and a former child-care worker helped save the life of a young woman who collapsed during a 10-kilometre charity run in Toronto.

The near-tragedy happened about 100 metres from the finish line of the Sporting Life 10K run on Sunday morning.

Jules McKernan, a nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children, was among those who saw the woman fall.

Her nursing training kicked in and she quickly began working on the victim, who had no pulse.

“That’s constantly what they tell you: Push hard and push fast, because if you can’t get that blood flowing, then their chance of survival decreases drastically,” McKernan told CBC News.

But she wasn’t the only one who jumped in to help.

Rosemary Humphreys had been standing on the sidelines to cheer on her son who was taking part in the race.

She first learned CPR when she was a child-care provider in 1986. She recently learned an updated technique that she saw on TV.

“Just a couple of weeks ago on TV, I saw a new way of doing the compressions, with just keeping your elbows straight and following to the beat of ‘Staying Alive,’” she told CBC News. “So, I was singing and pushing.”

Humphreys said she was trying to stay focused, in hopes of ensuring that another mother didn’t lose a daughter on Mother’s Day.

The identity of the young woman who collapsed isn’t being released, but she is now in stable condition and recovering in hospital.

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