Cross Scott, a shop technician, with no official CPR training helped save a woman’s life by recalling an episode from The Office in which Michael Scott – no relation – performs CPR to the iconic tune of ‘Stayin’ Alive’.
Scott had been test-driving a car when he spotted a white sedan with its hazard lights on parked on the side of the road. Inside was an unconscious woman, her lips blue.
The 21-year-old told the Arizona Daily Star he “just reacted” – he broke her car window with a rock and unlocked the door from the inside.
Two women, who had been driving by at the time, immediately pulled over to help and called 911.
Scott checked the woman’s pulse but didn’t think he felt one.
“I’ve never prepared myself for CPR in my life,” he told the paper. “I had no idea what I was doing.”
But then, the episode Stress Relief popped into his head.
In the episode, a CPR instructor – in charge of teaching the crew how to perform the emergency procedure – suggests using the Bee Gees‘ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ to maintain the correct beat for chest compressions.
And that’s exactly what Scott did.
“Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive” he sang aloud successfully performing CPR on the woman. And, unlike Michael Scott and the rest of the office, he did not abruptly break into song, abandoning his patient.
The woman, Clara, reportedly started breathing again after a minute and threw up. Later, when the paramedics arrived and Clara was assessed, they reportedly told Scott his involvement had made a huge difference in the outcome.
As you can imagine, Scott’s story went viral on social media, even catching the attention of the show.
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If you need a bit of a refresher.