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Medic gives new boyfriend lifesaving CPR hours after they start dating

Surfing horror: Andi Traynor
tries to resuscitate Max
Montgomery after he collapsed
with heart attack. He was revived
in ambulance PICS: SWNS

A DOCTOR had to perform life-saving CPR on her partner when he collapsed on their first date together.

Andi Traynor, 45, was strolling along the beach in California with new boyfriend Max Montgomery after a morning of surfing.

But to her shock, as the 56-year-old carried the surfboards from the water, he suddenly fell to the ground.

Lucky to be alive: Max Montgomery with paramedics after surgery

‘I immediately ran over to him and turned him over,’ said Ms Traynor, an anaesthesiologist.

‘He wasn’t responding and he didn’t have a pulse.’

Ms Traynor — who had not even kissed her new flame at that stage — started CPR and ‘called for help’.

A nurse who was passing helped and within minutes an ambulance crew arrived on Capitola Beach in Santa Cruz. Ms Traynor said: ‘They gave him three shocks which didn’t work. When they took him away, I didn’t know if he was going to live.’

Mr Montgomery was revived with a defibrillator on route to hospital, where doctors diagnosed he’d had a heart attack. The following day he underwent bypass surgery.

Ten months on, the tech content creator is back to full health — and the couple are still going strong.

Ms Traynor, of Palo Alto, said: ‘Two days before our first date, Max told me he had a crush on me. We’d been friends for a while and I was really interested in spending some more time together.

‘He suggested we go surfing and we had such a wonderful time.’

Couple: Dramatic first date

She added: ‘A few weeks after his surgery he was recuperating and we were on the beach just talking.

‘I said, “You can kiss me for real now.”’

The drama was filmed by a composer making a time-lapse video which the couple are using to raise awareness of CPR through their non-profit initiative Paddle4Good.