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"I wasn't thinking about anything other than taking care of him," Traynor, an anesthesiologist, told KTLA. "I do deal with medical emergencies all the time, but I would say what was different at this time was that I was on the beach."
According to the couple, Montgomery’s heart was stopped for 17 minutes, but he’s since made a strong recovery and the two are still dating.
“My heart healed from the inside out,” Montgomery said. “I’m so lucky that I’ve been madly in love ever since.”
The pair are just now sharing their story to raise awareness for CPR as a life-saving measure. Montgomery is the founder of Paddle4Good, a nonprofit that includes a CPR workshop program. Traynor is a board member of the organization.