Imagine running a race and being called to halt everything to save a man’s life?
That’s exactly what Dr. Patrica DeLaMora did during an Ironman competition over the weekend. Her story went viral after People Magazine published an exclusive interview with the 43-year-old.
On Saturday, July 29, DeLaMora was running in the Ironman Santa Rosa in California—a grueling 140.6-mile race of swimming, biking and running—when she encountered a man in his 50s who had collapsed at mile 26.
The man was surrounded by two other athletes who had stopped to call 911.
DeLaMora, who specializes in pediatric infectious disease, immediately jumped off of her bike and moved to perform CPR. One athlete pumped his chest while she did the rescue breathing. This process ensued for six to seven minutes before the emergency medical workers arrived.
DeLaMora then hopped back on her bike not knowing if the man was going to survive and finished the Ironman in 15 hours and eight minutes. Six hours later she found out that the man was okay.
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“For me to take 10 to 15 minutes out of my day to help someone, I’m always going to do that,” she told People. “It’s not like I’m going to win. And even if I was going to win, you still stop,” she told People.
The doctor aims to qualify for a lottery entry into the 2018 championships in Kona, Hawaii. So far, she has completed 11 out of the 12 races needed for qualification.