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Man who suffered heart attack along I-35 revived by troopers

A man who had a heart attack after a wreck in Oklahoma City was revived by troopers. The man is now hospitalized.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com Published: April 22, 2011

/articleid/3560731/1/pictures/1399477">Photo - Nenita Mijares gets a hug from Capt. Chris West as she thanks Highway Patrol Troopers Steve Johnson (center) and Ken Pittman at the Norman Regional Healthplex on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in Norman, Okla.  The troopers performed CPR on her husband Hector Mijares, a retired commercial airline pilot, while working a multi-vehicle accident at Interstate 35 and 27th Street in Moore, OK.  The couple are living in Oklahoma City after retiring in the Philippines. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Nenita Mijares gets a hug from Capt. Chris West as she thanks Highway Patrol Troopers Steve Johnson (center) and Ken Pittman at the Norman Regional Healthplex on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in Norman, Okla. The troopers performed CPR on her husband Hector Mijares, a retired commercial airline pilot, while working a multi-vehicle accident at Interstate 35 and 27th Street in Moore, OK. The couple are living in Oklahoma City after retiring in the Philippines. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Both troopers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Wife reacts

Mijares' wife, Nenita Mijares, thanked Johnson and Pittman later Thursday at the hospital.

“If they're not there, probably he (Hector) wouldn't make it,” Nenita Mijares said.

She told troopers her husband is a retired commercial airline pilot and they moved to Oklahoma City after he retired in the Philippines.

Hector Mijares was blue around the fingertips and lips when he was loaded onto an ambulance, troopers said. Ambulance crew members continued CPR en route to Moore Regional Hospital.

Hector Mijares was later taken to Norman Regional Hospital HealthPlex cardiac center.

Hector Mijares was in intensive care at the Norman hospital on Thursday, OHP spokesman Capt. Chris West said.

The wreck happened in the southbound lanes about a half mile south of N 27 in Moore. Pittman said a box truck was driving south followed by a van and the SUV driven by Hector Mijares when the vehicles were involved in the crash.

Contributing:

Staff Writer Michael Kimball



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