Surgeon helps save heart attack victim in car crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) " A Vanderbilt University trauma surgeon sprang into action after witnessing a woman's car crash at a Nashville intersection.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2bSLlEa ) reports Dr. Rick Miller and others got Ruth Root out of her car after she suffered a heart attack and crashed into a light pole Friday.

Root met Miller in her hospital room Monday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Miller told Root that she "might not have survived" if Miller and others weren't there. The team administered CPR and used a cardiac defibrillator to help her regain consciousness.

Root had been having heart problems since February and was driving to her cardiologist when the crash occurred. The 73-year-old Root suffered 12 cracked ribs.

She granted Miller's request for a hug at the hospital, adding, "just not a tight one."

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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