Woman, daughters jump into action to save man’s life at gym

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Wake Forest woman and her daughters saved a man at a local gym Thursday night.

According to WTVD, the three helped perform CPR on a man whose heart stopped while he was exercising on the treadmill.

The women had a girls' day planned, but then decided to squeeze in a workout.

"Today, I have an opportunity, a second chance, to move on with my life and make a difference. I am very lucky to be alive," said Carlos Ruiz, who was saved by the women.

Merrie Gough and her daughters went inside Anytime Fitness just as Ruiz collapsed, and fell off the treadmill and landed on his head.

The family jumped in to help.

Fortunately for Ruiz, Merrie is a registered nurse and both of her daughters are studying medicine in school.

CPR was performed and within a few minutes paramedics arrived. Ruiz was taken to WakeMed and is on the road to recovery.

Source: WTVD

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