Man helps revive unconscious woman at Attleboro church
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- Sunday Mass in Attleboro may have been one woman’s saving grace after a man said he realized the older woman didn’t stand up during the service. The woman was unconscious and didn’t have a pulse.
Earlier this month James Kotsock noticed when other parishioners stood during their worship, Maria Cotsa, an elderly woman, did not.
“I walked up and I noticed that her head was turned down and everything was limp on her. At that point I tried feeling for a pulse -- couldn’t get a pulse,” said Kotsock.
Kotsock then pulled her out of the pew and into the aisle to perform chest compressions while someone called 911. When the first round of compressions didn’t work, the priest began administering last rites.
“At one point the whole church started saying the Our Father [prayer] out loud. I started feeling her hands and her eyes came around and at that point I knew she was breathing again,” said Kotsock.
“Usually if you see somebody collapse and they’re either not breathing or not breathing regularly, is when American Heart Association says to step in and do the hands-free CPR,” said Justin Jackson, an EMT.
Kotsock was offered a CPR class about a decade ago when he worked for federal court in Boston. He said he just tried to stay calm and what he learned all came back to him. He had never performed CPR before.
Costa was released from the hospital two days later. One of the first places she went to was church.