Newlywed Nurse Saves A Life On Her Special Day

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Andrew Nixon and Julie StroyneAndrew Nixon and Julie Stroyne

On her wedding day, a Pennsylvania nurse reportedly saved the life of a woman who was unconscious on a bench.

Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse at UPMC-Presbyterian, and members of her wedding party had left the reception and were walking in downtown Pittsburgh when they came across the woman on a bench on June 11, the Associated Press reports.

"We were just about to go through the doors [of our hotel]," Julie told KDKA, "and then we heard somebody scream, 'Does anybody know CPR? Is anybody a doctor?'"

The woman, who a bystander said appeared to be in her early 20s, according to the Observer-Reporter, was barely breathing.

Julie, wearing her wedding dress, sprang into action.

"I looked over, and I think my nursing instincts took over," she told KDKA. "And I bolted over to the bench to see if she was OK."

"My sister got down on her knees and immediately began CPR," Kaitlyn Stroyne told the Observer-Reporter.

"Everyone around us was saying, 'The bride saved the day,'" she added.

Julie revived the woman, and paramedics were called to the scene to transport her to the hospital.

"She was mumbling, finally, and she tried to get up," Julie told KDKA. "And I just kind of like held her hand, and I tried to make sure she didn’t fall."

Julie’s heroic act came as no surprise to her new husband, Andrew Nixon.

"It was a heroic act, but I’ve known her for long enough, I’m not surprised at all," he said.

Julie said she never expected something like this to happen on her wedding night.

Sources: AP via WCMH, Observer-Reporter, KDKA / Photo Credit: Observer-Reporter

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