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This Texan brought a stranger back from the dead by performing CPR

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BY JOSEPH GALLI, KEYE

SAN ANTONIO (CIRCA via KEYE) — A San Antonio man died and was brought back to life by a stranger with CPR last week.

When Jose Alvarado’s heart stopped for 45 minutes, doctors at Methodist Hospital said he was essentially dead.

Luckily, Jacob Colunga was there to bring him back with CPR.

“It was a life-changing experience, because performing CPR on dummies versus a real-life personn it is totally different,” Colunga said during an emotional reunion with Alvarado on Thursday.

Colunga gave hands-only CPR until emergency crews arrived and took Alvarado to the emergency room at Methodist Hospital.

“The fact that he’s able to go from completely dead, no pulse at all for 45 minutes, to now being able to walk out of the hospital, it’s because of the CPR,” said Dr. Jeffrey Dellavolpe, critical care specialist at Methodist Hospital.

Colunga was in Alvarado’s home to get his taxes done. Alvarado's wife, Lydia Chandler, is a tax preparer.

They had never met before and Colunga had never performed CPR before.

“I was scared, I was thinking that this can’t be happening. That’s when Jacob rushed in there and did what he did,” she said.

Colunga received CPR training at his job contracting with the Department of Defense.

“In the future, if I ever have to administer CPR again, I know that the method that I use and how I was trained is the correct way,” Colunga said.

Alvarado now has three stents in his heart and is expected to be fine.

"Bystander CPR is everything. We get called all the time for patients that have been found down for two or three or five minutes. The longer they go, their brain doesn't get oxygen, and without oxygen they don’t get a chance to have a meaningful recovery," Dellavolpe said.

You can learn how to save a life as well.

The American Heart Association has free CPR training often.

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